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Poems About Honor

Table of Contents

  1. Little Fred by Anonymous
  2. The Pert Chicken by Marian Douglas
  3. Beclouded by Emily Dickinson
  4. A Good Name by Anonymous
  5. A Good Name by William Shakespeare
  6. Obedience by Phoebe Cary

  1. Little Fred

    by Anonymous

    When little Fred
    Was called to bed,
    He always acted right;
    He kissed Mama,
    And then Papa,
    And wished them all good-night.

    He made no noise,
    Like naughty boys,
    But gently up the stairs
    Directly went,
    When he was sent,
    And always said his prayers.

  2. The Pert Chicken

    by Marian Douglas

    There was once a pretty chicken;
    But his friends were very few,
    For he thought that there was nothing
    In the world but what he knew:
    So he always, in the farmyard,
    Had a very forward way,
    Telling all the hens and turkeys
    What they ought to do and say.
    "Mrs. Goose," he said, "I wonder
    That your goslings you should let
    Go out paddling in the water;
    It will kill them to get wet."

    "I wish, my old Aunt Dorking,"
    He began to her, one day,
    "That you wouldn't sit all summer
    In your nest upon the hay.
    Won't you come out to the meadow,
    Where the grass with seeds is filled?"
    "If I should," said Mrs. Dorking,
    "Then my eggs would all get chilled."
    "No, they won't," replied the chicken,
    "And no matter if they do;
    Eggs are really good for nothing;
    What's an egg to me or you?"

    "What's an egg!" said Mrs. Dorking,
    "Can it be you do not know
    You yourself were in an eggshell
    Just one little month ago?
    And, if kind wings had not warmed you,
    You would not be out to-day,
    Telling hens, and geese, and turkeys,
    What they ought to do and say!

    "To be very wise, and show it,
    Is a pleasant thing, no doubt;
    But, when young folks talk to old folks,
    They should know what they're about."

  3. Beclouded

    by Emily Dickinson

    The sky is low, the clouds are mean,
    A travelling flake of snow
    Across a barn or through a rut
    Debates if it will go.

    A narrow wind complains all day
    How some one treated him;
    Nature, like us, is sometimes caught
    Without her diadem.

  4. A Good Name

    by Anonymous

    Children, choose it,
    Don’t refuse it,
    ’Tis a precious diadem;
    Highly prize it,
    Don’t despise it,
    You will need it when you’re men.

    Love and cherish,
    Keep and nourish,
    ’Tis more precious far than gold;
    Watch and guard it,
    Don’t discard it,
    You will need it when you’re old.

  5. A Good Name

    by William Shakespeare —Othello, Act III, Scene III.

    Good name, in man or woman, dear my lord,
    Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
    Who steals my purse, steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
    'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
    But he that filches from me my good name,
    Robs me of that which not enriches him,
    And makes me poor indeed.

  6. Obedience

    by Phoebe Cary

    If you're told to do a thing,
    And mean to do it really;
    Never let it be by halves;
    Do it fully, freely!

    Do not make a poor excuse,
    Waiting, weak, unsteady;
    All obedience worth the name,
    Must be prompt and ready.

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