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Default Excellent poems about the Temperance movement - 03-03-2008, 03:45 PM

While I strongly disapprove of women engaging in most non-housework related activities, I do think these poems by Julia A. Moore are worth reading, as they provide such wonderful warnings against the demon drink:

TEMPERANCE REFORM CLUBS


AIR -- "Perhaps"

Some enterprising people,
In our cities and towns,
Have gone to organizing clubs
Of men that's fallen down;
In estimation fallen low --
Now they may rise again,
And be respected citizens
Throughout our native land.

CHORUS:

The temperance reform club,
Forever may it stand,
And everyone that loves strong drink
Pray, join it heart and hand.
Then many a home will be bright,
And many a heart made glad,
It will be the greatest blessing
This nation ever had.

Manufacturers of strong drink
Can find better employ,
Than bring to ruin poor families,
And thousand souls destroy,
Likewise proprietors of saloons
Lose many a customer;
Those men now rather stay at home,
That place they now prefer.

-- Chorus --

Don't be ashamed to wear your badge
Of ribbon on your breast,
It shows you've joined the club to be
A man among the rest.
Your kindred friends will love to see
You honored, sober man,
And all the friends that wish you well
Will help you if they can.

-- Chorus --

Perhaps you have a mother,
Likewise a sister, too;
Perhaps you have a sweetheart
That thinks the most of you.
Perhaps you have a loving wife,
And little ones at home,
Their hearts rejoice to see that you
Can let strong drink alone.

-- Chorus --

Many a man joined the club
That never drank a drachm,
Those noble men were kind and brave
They care not for the slang --
The slang they meet on every side:
"You're a reform drunkard, too;
You've joined the red ribbon brigade,
Among the drunkard crew."

-- Chorus --
It shows their hearts were very kind,
They wish to save poor souls
That loved the intoxication cup,
That signed the temperance roll.
Dear friends, ever keep rolling
The work you have begun,
Those noble men will not repent,
I hope, throughout our land.

-- Chorus --

Dr. Reynolds is a noble man,
He has worked hard to save
Some people in our cities and towns,
From out a drunkard's grave.
There is other men to help him now,
He lectures not alone
Many a heart that blesses them
From out now happy homes.


THE TEMPERANCE ARMY

Come all ye friends, and citizens,
Where-ever you may be,
Come listen to a few kind words
A friend will say to thee,
Although going to speak to you
I mean you all no harm,
Tho' I wish you'd join the army
Of the temperance reform.

Come join the glorious army
Of the temperance reform,
And every man that joins the ranks,
Will find it is no harm,
To wear Red Ribbon on his breast,
To show to this rare world,
There is one that joined the army
And his colors has unfurled.

Come all men in our nation,
Come join this happy band,
And make your homes an eden,
Throughout our happy land.
Your homes will then be happy,
Your friends will all be kind;
And in the domestic circle
True happiness will find.

Ah, from this temperance army,
Your feet shall never stray.
Your mind will then be balmy
If you keep the shining way.
Your paths are strewn with flowers,
And your homes are rosy light,
And God will watch the hours,
For He's ever on the right.

Come all ye merry happy lads,
And listen to my rhyme.
Don't be afraid to join the pledge
And let be the cursed wine.
Ah, lay the flowing bowl aside,
And pass saloons if you can,
And let the people see that you
Can be a sober man.

Go join the temperance army,
And battle for the right,
And fight against the enemy
With all your main and might.
For it is a glorious army
This temperance reform,
And the badge Red Ribbon
Will do you all no harm.


Personally, I think the Temperance Barmy Army would've made an even better title for the second one, but maybe that's just me.


O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it--for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.


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Default Re: Excellent poems about the Temperance movement - 03-03-2008, 04:34 PM

Praise Jesus, that is some fine poetry, Brother. Ms. Moore was surely filled with the Holy Spirit when she penned those delightful verses.
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Default Re: Excellent poems about the Temperance movement - 03-03-2008, 04:48 PM

Those poems are bland and do not contain a single original thought. They're just like you guys! Zing!
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Default Re: Excellent poems about the Temperance movement - 03-03-2008, 04:49 PM

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Praise Jesus, that is some fine poetry, Brother. Ms. Moore was surely filled with the Holy Spirit when she penned those delightful verses.
I felt the Spirit enter me as I read it.



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Default Re: Excellent poems about the Temperance movement - 03-04-2008, 12:18 AM

Apropos of nothing, DeKalb, IL was the scene of the last mass murder.


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Default Re: Excellent poems about the Temperance movement - 03-04-2008, 11:41 PM

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Those poems are bland and do not contain a single original thought. They're just like you guys! Zing!
And there you go Mr DD: you, the young final arbiter. How I wish I were young enough to know everything.

Those words were penned over 100 years ago – so, no, like Shakespeare, Milton, Longfellow, Dickinson, e.e.cummings, Robert Frost - I could go on - they have more of a resounding resonance and almost documentary authority over the centuries – similar in fact to KJV1611.

Julia A. Moore was fighting the good fight – degradation, poverty, illness, godless men and women in a world lost to the evils of drink. She was equally at home with the more gentle and wistful forms of young men and women courting. Despite her unfortunate support of the Union cause, her lessons were taken to heart and the world has become an altogether better place.

If a poetess can do anything, Miss Moore has shown us that she had the gift. Where are your Rossettis and Sylvia Plaths now?





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