Friday, November 21, 2008

It Takes A Heap O' Livin' To Make A House A Home

Roses Round the Door, Vineyard Street, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom




Roses Round the Door, Vineyard Street, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
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Hunter, David
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   Home by Edgar A. Guest


  It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,
  A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam
  Afore ye really ‘preciate the things ye lef’ behind,
  An’ hunger fer ‘em somehow, with ‘em allus on yer mind.
  It don’t make any differunce how rich ye get t’ be,
  How much yer chairs an’ tables cost, how great yer luxury;
  It ain’t home t’ ye, though it be the palace of a king,
  Until somehow yer soul is sort o’ wrapped round everything.

  Home ain’t a place that gold can buy or get up in a minute;
  Afore it’s home there’s got t’ be a heap o’ livin’ in it;
  Within the walls there’s got t’ be some babies born, and then
  Right there ye’ve got t’ bring ‘em up t’ women good, an’ men;
  And gradjerly, as time goes on, ye find ye wouldn’t part
  With anything they ever used–they’ve grown into yer heart:
  The old high chairs, the playthings, too, the little shoes they wore
  Ye hoard; an’ if ye could ye’d keep the thumbmarks on the door.

  Ye’ve got t’ weep t’ make it home, ye’ve got t’ sit an’ sigh
  An’ watch beside a loved one’s bed, an’ know that Death is nigh;
  An’ in the stillness o’ the night t’ see Death’s angel come,
  An’ close the eyes o’ her that smiled, an’ leave her sweet voice dumb.
  Fer these are scenes that grip the heart, an’ when yer tears are dried,
  Ye find the home is dearer than it was, an’ sanctified;
  An’ tuggin’ at ye always are the pleasant memories
  O’ her that was an’ is no more–ye can’t escape from these.

  Ye’ve got t’ sing an’ dance fer years, ye’ve got t’ romp an’ play,
  An’ learn t’ love the things ye have by usin’ ‘em each day;
  Even the roses ’round the porch must blossom year by year
  Afore they ‘come a part o’ ye, suggestin’ someone dear
  Who used t’ love ‘em long ago, an’ trained ‘em jes’ t’ run
  The way they do, so’s they would get the early mornin’ sun;
  Ye’ve got t’ love each brick an’ stone from cellar up t’ dome:
  It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home.

(There is a story behind this poem, but I will warn you, it will make you cry)





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