Tuesday, March 21, 2006

A Book by Edgar Guest


A Book

“Now” - said a good book unto me -
“Open my pages and you shall see
Jewels of wisdom and treasures fine,
Gold and silver in every line,
And you may claim them if you but will
Open my pages and take your fill.

“Open my pages and run them o’er,
Take what you choose of my golden store.
Be you greedy, I shall not care -
All that you seize I shall gladly spare;
There is never a lock on my treasure doors,
Come - here are my jewels, make them yours!

“I am just a book on your mantel shelf,
But I can be part of your living self;
If only you’ll travel my pages through,
Then I will travel the world with you.
As two wines blended make better wine,
Blend your mind with these truths of mine.

“I’ll make you fitter to talk with men,
I’ll touch with silver the lines you pen,
I’ll lead you nearer the truth you seek,
I’ll strengthen you when your faith grows weak -
This place on your shelf is a prison cell,
Let me come into your mind to dwell!”

by Edgar Guest

5 Comments:

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Henry Cate said...

We really like many of Guest's poems. Last summer we had our daughters memorize several. Even now they'll some times quote a couple lines back to us.

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger Patty said...

Edgar Guest is my favorite poet. Matter of fact I have two first editons of his.
I am enjoying seeing your childrens projects, brings back lots of good memories for me. We even used the same papers for stories with the top part for drawing. We homeschooled 17 years. University was my daughters first day of REAL school. They both graduated with honors from good universities too.

this site has a lot of good Edgar Guest poems http://sofinesjoyfulmoments.com/quotes/edguest.htm
I love " The Little Home "

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger KaiVegan said...

Henry, thanks for visiting. My husband and I both visited and enjoyed your blog. We hope to visit again soon.

Patty, thanks also for visiting. I will check out the link later on. You must have a lot of other good books. I love going to used book sales (and Ebay) and hunting old treasures!

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Kelli said...

Kaivegan,
Thank you for visiting my blog. I have been looking around your homeschooling blog and I see we do some of the same things! I love lapbooks. We have done one on flowers, butterflies, manners and each of the kids have one based on the things Charlotte Mason thought a child of age 6 should know. Poems, nature study things, songs, prayers, numbers, full name, address, etc. Your girls have beautiful handwriting!

Kelli

 
At 12:33 PM, Anonymous stef said...

oh my gosh, kai, i just realized you're also a homeschooler (i just left a comment on your food blog). we are too! see my lasang pinoy post here:

http://www.stefoodie.net/2006/04/03/lasang-pinoy-8-kusinang-bulilit-lutong-paslit/

the next theme for lasang pinoy is offal, so that might not work out with you, but i hope you do join us for other lasang pinoy events sometime! hey maybe you could even host, for a vegan theme!

 

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