A Motto for Every Man

Some people you have met in your time, no doubt.
Who never look happy or gay;
I will tell you the way to get jolly and stout
If you’ll listen a while to my lay!
I came here to tell you a piece of my mind,
To please with the same if I can.
Advice in my song you will certainly find
And a motto for every man.

So we will sing and banish melancholy,
Trouble it will come if, we do the best we can,
Drive care away, for grieving is a folly,
Put your shoulder to the wheel – is a motto for every man.

We cannot all fight in this battle of life,
The weak must go to the wall,
So then do to each other the thing that is right,
For there is room in this world for us all.
Credit refuse if you have money to pay,
You will find it the wiser plan,
And a penny lay by for a rainy day
Is a motto for every man.

A coward gives in at the first repulse,
A brave man struggles again
With a resolute will and a bounding pulse
To battle his way among men,
For he knows he has only one chance in his time
To batter himself if he can,
So may you hay while the sun doth shine
Is a motto for every man.

Economy study, but don’t be mean
For a penny may lose a pound,
Through this world a conscience clear
Will carry you sage and sound.
It is all very well to be free, I will own,
To do a good turn when you can,
But charity always commences at home,
That’s a motto for every man.

Requested by K. H., West Medway


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