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Old-Fashioned Folks

From the Omaha Daily Bee, April 24, 1914. By E. A. Guest.

Old-fashioned folks! God bless ‘em all!
    The fathers an’ the mothers,
The aunts an’ uncles, fat an’ tall,
    The sisters an’ the brothers.
The good old-fashioned neighbors, too—
    The passing time improves ‘em,
They still drop in to chat with you
    Whene’er the spirit moves ‘em.
The simple, unaffected folks
    With gentle ways an’ sunny,
        The brave and true
        That live life through
    And stay unspoiled by money.

Old-fashioned folks, of solid worth,
    On them a benediction!
The joy an’ comfort of the earth,
    Its strength, without restriction.
The charm of every neighborhood
    The toilers uncomplaining,
The men an’ women, pure and good
    Of fine and honest graining.
The plain and open-hearted folks
    That make no fad a passion,
        The kind an’ fair
        That do an’ dare
    An’ are not slaves to fashion.

Old-fashioned folks, that live and love
    And give their service gladly,
An’ deem their neighbors worthy of
    Their help when things go badly.
The simple sharers of our joys,
    Sweet ministers in sorrow,
They help the world to keep its poise
    An’ strength for each tomorrow.
The simple, unaffected folks
    That live for all about ‘em,
        God bless ‘em all,
        This earthly ball
    Would dreary be without ‘em.

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