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The Path to Home

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The Path to Home There's the mother at the doorway, and the children at the gate,And the little parlor windows with the curtains white and straight.There are shaggy asters blooming in the bed that lines the fence,And the simplest of the blossoms seems of mighty consequence.Oh, there isn't any mansion underneath God's starry domeThat can rest a weary pilgrim like the little place called home. Men have sought for gold and silver; men have dreamed at night of fame;In the heat of youth they've struggled for achievement's honored name;But the selfish crowns are tinsel, and their shining jewels paste,And the wine of pomp and glory soon grows bitter to the taste.For there's never any laughter, howsoever far you roam,Like the laughter of the loved ones in the happiness of home. There is nothing so important as the mother's lullabies,Filled with peace and sweet contentment, when the moon begins to rise—Nothing real except the beauty and the calm upon her faceAnd the shouting of the children as they scamper round the place.For the greatest of man's duties is to keep his loved ones gladAnd to have his children glory in the father they have had. So where'er a man may wander, and whatever be his care,You'll find his soul still stretching to the home he left somewhere.You'll find his dreams all tangled up with hollyhocks in bloom,And the feet of little children that go racing through a room,With the happy mother smiling as she watches them at play—These are all in life that matter, when you've stripped the sham away.

Fine Isn't it fine when the day is done,And the petty battles are lost or won,When the gold is made and the ink is dried,To quit the struggle and turn asideTo spend an hour with your boy in play,And let him race all of your cares away? Isn't it fine when the day's gone well,When you have glorious tales to tell,And your heart is light and your head is high.For nothing has happened to make you sigh,To hurry homewards to share the joyThat your work has won with a little boy? Isn't it fine, whether good or badHas come to the hopes and the plans you had,And the day is over, to find him there,Thinking you splendid and just and fair,Ready to chase all your griefs away,And soothe your soul with an hour of play? Oh, whether the day's been long or brief,Whether it's brought to me joy or grief,Whether I've failed, or whether I've won,It shall matter not when the work is done;I shall count it fine if I end each dayWith a little boy in an hour of play.

Spoiling Them "You're spoiling them!" the mother criesWhen I give way to weepy eyesAnd let them do the things they wish,Like cleaning up the jelly dish,Or finishing the chocolate cake,Or maybe let the rascal takeMy piece of huckleberry pie,Because he wants it more than I. "You're spoiling them!" the mother tells,When I am heedless to their yells,And let them race and romp aboutAnd do not put their joy to rout....