Poetry of Kansas
 

Keep A Stiff Upper Lip.

If hard luck your spirit is riling,
Just face the old world all a-smiling
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
If your pocket is empty don't blow it,
If your feelings are wounded don't show, it.
If gloomy let nobody know it--
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
 
If tears come pull out your bandanna,
As you dry them just sing a hosanna
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
It your sky is all clouded with sorrow,
There comes soon a brighter tomorrow,
Just lend all your troubles, don't borrow
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
 
If your clothing is tattered and torn,
'Tis a worse thing to look all forlorn
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
Let your spirits be happy and free,
Then the people who meet you won't see.
The old hat or the patch on your knee
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
 
If at a swift gait you've been running
To escape from a fellow that's dunning.
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
Let me tell you 'tis better to chase him,
And coming up boldly to face him,
Than cross o'er the street and thus pass hin
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
 
If you have been pacing the floor
O'er your debts till your feet are all
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
Lot the other man pace it awhile,
Until he is ready to smile,
And give you another fair trial
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
 
It times become harder and harder,
And there's only a crust in the larder
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
Tho the sheriff grabs hold of your collar,
And threatens to take your last dollar.
Don't whine like a baby and "holler"--
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
 
If you're honest and faithful and true,
Your friends will be faithful to you--
        Keep a stiff upper lip.
Don't cheat, don't be tricky, don't lie,
And never, no, never say die,
Keep heaven and hope in your eye--
        Keep a stiff upper lip.

__J. M. Cavaness.

Jayhawker Juleps
J. M. Cavaness
(Chanute: Tribune Pub. Co. 1913)
Page 29

 
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