Ballade of the Optimist by Andrew Lang

Ballade of the Optimist by Andrew Lang

Ballade of the Optimist.

Heed not the folk who sing or say
In sonnet sad or sermon chill,
“Alas, alack, and well-a-day,
This round world’s but a bitter pill.”
Poor porcupines of fretful quill!
Sometimes we quarrel with our lot:
We, too, are sad and careful; still
We’d rather be alive than not.

What though we wish the cats at play
Would some one else’s garden till;
Though Sophonisba drop the tray
And all our worshipped Worcester spill,
Though neighbours “practise” loud and shrill,
Though May be cold and June be hot,
Though April freeze and August grill,
We’d rather be alive than not.

And, sometimes on a summer’s day
To self and every mortal ill
We give the slip, we steal away,
To walk beside some sedgy rill:

The darkening years, the cares that kill,
A little while are well forgot;
When deep in broom upon the hill,
We’d rather be alive than not.

Pistol, with oaths didst thou fulfil
The task thy braggart tongue begot,
We eat our leek with better will,
We’d rather be alive than not.

This poem by Andrew Lang appeared in 1905 in New Collected Poems, and is in the public domain in the USA. This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

2 Responses to “Ballade of the Optimist by Andrew Lang”

  1. tellthetruth1 Says:

    Wonderful. I really enjoyed this🙂

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, tellthetruth1!

      Great! I know some people don’t like the public domain stuff I drop in from time to time, but it’s nice to know that some people (besides me) do.🙂

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