From the Evening Star, October 7, 1914. By Philander Johnson.
If talk alone would do the trick,
What vast improvements we would see!
We’d save the sinful and the sick,
And fill the world with honest glee.
From every fault we would be freed,
And midst the generous acclaim,
Ambition and his brother Greed
Would hide their heads in sorrowing shame.
Gay banners would not be unfurled
To glorify the march of Death.
We would not see a struggling world
Half stifled by the cannon’s breath.
We’d make our resolutions high,
And make them so that they would stick.
Men would not curse nor women cry
If talk alone would do the trick.