August 10, 2011

School yourself to savour most
Joys that have but little cost;
Prove the best of life is free,
Sun and stars and sky and sea;
Eager in your eyes to please,
Proffer meadows, brooks and trees;
Nature strives for your content,
Never charging you a cent.

Learn to love a garden gay,
Flowers and fruit in rich array.
Care for dogs and singing birds,
Have for children cheery words.
Find plain food and comfort are
More than luxury by far.
Music, books and honest friends
Outweigh golden dividends.

Love your work and do it well,
Scorning not a leisure spell.
Hold the truest form of wealth
Body fit and ruddy health.
Let your smile of happiness
Rustic peace serenely stress:
Home to love and heart to pray--
Thank your God for every day.

-Robert Service



  1. Oh my, Oh my, Oh my!! Beautiful photo and poem. I am a Robert Service fan, though "The Spell of the Yukon" is my favorite...being a cold winter lover and all.

  2. Beautiful poem to start my day! Hope you have a lovely one, thanks, tj!

  3. Hello Dear TJ~

    As the others have shared here in their comments, beautiful poem!

    I loved this part....

    "Love your work and do it well,
    Scorning not a leisure spell."

    Gorgeous photo, dear lady! Bellissima!

    Have terrrrrrrrrrific Thursday!


  4. @Ann from Montana
    ...Thank you Ann! I too love that poem, I especially love this:

    The summer — no sweeter was ever;
    The sunshiny woods all athrill;
    The grayling aleap in the river,
    The bighorn asleep on the hill.
    The strong life that never knows harness;
    The wilds where the caribou call;
    The freshness, the freedom, the farness —
    O God! how I'm stuck on it all.

    ...And the following verse does a perfect description of Winter. Gives one the shivers just reading it. :o)

    ...Thank you for stopping by!

  5. @Rebecca

    ...Thank you so much Rebecca and thank you for coming by! Always a pleasure! :o)

  6. @Ron
    ...Hello Ron! Thank you so much and I too love that part and isn't it the truth too? Words to live by. :o)

    ...And thank you for the compliment on the photo! That is Butterfly Weed from the garden and it stays to its namesake drawing butterflies like nobody's business! ;o)

    ...Have a wonderful Friday! :o)

  7. @tj
    ...[ahem] meant to type, "stays true to its namesake..." Sheesh. :o\
    *giggle* ;o)


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