Advantage of Taking a Newspaper
Source of witness transcribed: Sunbury American and Shamokin Journal (Sunbury, Pennsylvania)
Date of witness transcribed: 3 July 1841
Notes about this poem: "Advantage of Taking a Newspaper" was printed in at least 210 newspapers during the nineteenth century. It can be found using ID 155563 in this table of most widely-reprinted poems.
The following exhibits the genius and talent of a true poet, of one who is destined to render himself immortal by his inspirations. There is a moral to it, an inspiration, which should stir up the soul of very liberal minded and intelligent beings:—Boston Transcript.
- I knew two friends, as much alike
- As e’er you saw two stumps;
- And no phrenologist could find
A difference in their bumps.
- One took the papers, and his life
- Was happier than a king’s;
- His children all can read and write,
And talk of men and things.
- The other took no papers, and
- While strolling through the wood,
- A tree fell down upon his crown,
And hurt him, as it should!
- Had he been reading of the news
- At home, like neighbor Jim,
- I’ll bet a cent this accident
- Would not befallen him!