Poetry of Kansas

The Man Who Will Fight.

It is now much the fashion to eulogize Peace,___
A sentiment, truly, that ought to increase;
But there's a thing that I do, and I still think it right,___
I take off my hat to the man who will fight.
I have oft known a horse-thief, caught in the toils,
To clamor for peace___oh, his zeal fairly boils!
And the man who suspects that his purse would be
He utterly loathes a man that's a fighter.
And others there are who are always for peace___
The wretchedly lazy; may their tribe fast decrease!
gut I honor the man who thinks himself right,
And throws off his coat for a squar3 honest fight.
There's the devil himself,___ he is mightily prone
To do hellish work when you leave him alone;
He's a coward, and quickly will take unto flight
If met by a man who is willing to fight.
So I take off my hat to the bellicose man;
Of every good movement he's found in the van;
Be he preacher, or poet, or statesman, or wight,
Hurrah, thrice hurrah! for the man who will fight.


__Frederick J. Atwood.

Kansas Rhymes and Other Lyrics
Frederick J. Atwood
(Topeka, Kan.: Crane & Company. 1902)
Page 75

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