A Boy and His Dad 
Edgar Guest 

A boy and his dad on a fishing trip-
  There is a glorious fellowship!
Father and son and the open sky,
  And the white clouds lazily drifting by,
And the laughing stream as it runs along
  With the clicking reel like a martial song,
And the father teaching the youngster gay
  How to land a fish in the sportsman's way.

I fancy I hear them talking there
  In an open boat, and speech is fair;
And the boy is learning the ways of men
  From the finest man in his youthful ken.
Kings, to youngster, cannot compare
  With the gentle father who's with him there.
And the greatest mind of the human race
  Not for one minute could take his place.

Which is happier, man or boy?
  The soul of the father is steeped in joy,
For he's finding out, to his heart's delight,
  That his son is fit for the future fight.
He is learning the glorious depths of him.
  And the thoughts he thinks and his every whim,
And he shall discover, when night comes on,
  How close he has grown to his little son.

Oh, I envy them, as I see them there
  Under the sky in the open air,
For out of the the old, old long-ago
  Come the summer days that I used to know,
When I learned life's truth from my father's lips
  As I shared the joy of his fishing trips-
A boy and his dad on a fishing trip-
  Builders of life's companionship!

From the book "Rhymes Of Childhood'" ©1924




~ Unsorted ~
Good Books    When Day Is Done    What We Need
God Made This Day For Me    The Homely Man    The Joys We Miss
What I Call Living    If This Were All    A Christmas Carol
Forgotten Boyhood    The Peaks of Valor    No Children!
The Loss Is Not So Great    Home and the Office    He's Taken Out His Papers
No Room for Hate    A Boy and His Dog    No Better Land Than This

~ Patriotism ~
A Patriotic Creed    Memorial Day    Show the Flag
Things That Make A Soldier Great    
Forefathers' Day    A Creed    A Patriotic Wish
The Future

~ Everyday Living ~
Raisen Pie    Out Fishin'   

~ Friendship ~
A Friend    Be A Friend    A Friends Greeting

~ Having Character ~
At The Door    Myself    You   
The Brethren    The Love of the Game    Influence
The Finer Thought    When You Know A Fellow    Thoughtlessness
Things That Haven't Been Done Before    The Cheat    Equipment
True Nobility    Can't

~ On Being A Dad ~
Only A Dad    Afraid Of His Dad    Story Telling

~ Boys & Girls ~
Treasures    The Beauties    Being Brave At Night
A Boy and His Dad    The Good Little Boy   

~ The Babies ~
A New Baby In The House    A Child Of Mine
When A Baby Dies    Baby Feet    What A Baby Costs

~ Being A Man ~
A Real Man    My Creed    A Man
Lord Make Me A Regular Man    The Man Who Couldn't Save
The True Man    Answering Him

~ Home & The Family~
The Little Home    On Going Home For Christmas    Take Home A Smile
The Stick-Together Families    The Perfect Dinner Table
Home (It Takes A Heap O' Livin')

~ God & Faith ~
Silent    When Sorrow Comes    Sermons We See
The First Easter    As We Prayed    The Weaver
Faith    On a Certain Religious Argument   

~ Life ~
Life    It Couldn't Be Done    See It Through
Life's Canvas   

~ A Certain Kind Of Folk ~
The Lighthouse Keeper Wonders    The Scoutmaster


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