Posts Tagged ‘Farming’

The Useful Plow

October 24, 2012


A country life is sweet!
In moderate cold and heat,
To walk in the air how pleasant and fair!
In every field of wheat,
The fairest of flowers adorning the bowers,
And every meadow’s brow;
So that I say, to courtier may
Compare with them who clothe in gray
And follow the useful plow.

They rise with the morning lark,
And labor till almost dark,
Then, folding their sheep, they hasten to sleep
While every pleasant park
Next morning is ringing with birds that are singing
On each green tender bough.
With what content and merriment,
Their days are spent, whose minds are bent
To follow the useful plow.

— Unknown.

Corpus Christi Times (Corpus Crispi, Texas) Nov 17, 1930

Homely Philosophy

March 23, 2012

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(By Alice D.O. Greenwood.)

Don’t set there a-whinin’
‘Taint no use to pout.
‘Spose the Lord ‘ll alter
Work he’s got laid out,
Jis kase you git balky,
An’ don’t wanter draw?
Tighten up yer traces,
Mind yer gee an’ haw.

Lawsy massy neighbor
Ain’t this world chuck full
Of us workin’ critters?
We’ve all got to pull.
If yer crap’s a failure
No use takin’ on,
There’ll be craps a plenty
When we’re dead an’ gone.

Jist git up an’ hustle,
Farily make things bile,
Never mind yer neighbor,
Let him put on style.
Say I kaint affoard it,
An’ I won’t ye bet,
Sling on any tiffics,
Till I’m out o’ debt.

S’pose yer close is seedy,
An’ all out o’ style?
There’s no law agin it,
Better wait awhile.
Don’t go gittin’ funny
Till ye git the cash;
There’s a day o’ recknin’
Fer the chap that’s brash.

There’s wuss folks than pore folks,
Don’t fergit that, pard;
Course it’s onconvenient,
Sometimes powerful hard.
Take it all good natered,
Whistle, an’ be gay,
Sun’ll shine tomorrer,
Never mind today.

Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) Apr 29, 1907

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The Plowman

September 4, 2011

Image from Life Magazine


God speed the plowshare! Tell me not
Disgrace attends the toil
Of those who plow the dark green sod,
Or till the fruitful soil.
Why should the honest plowman shrink
From mingling with the van
Of learning and of wisdom, since
‘Tis mind that makes the man?

God speed the plowshare and the hands
That till the fruitful earth,
For there is in this world so wide
No gem like honest worth;
And though his hands are dark with toil,
And flushed the manly brow,
It matters not, for God will bless
The labors of the plow.

Daily Democrat (Sedalia, Missouri) Nov 29, 1873

Then and Now…Well, Then

April 6, 2011


Abiline Reporter News (Texas) Apr 27, 1938

Billings Gazette (Montana) Oct 22, 1933

Till We Cease Our Cry for Bread

October 23, 2010

The Farm Supports All.

Does the farmer dig the dirt?
Aye, Aye;
Does he wear a coarse shirt?
Aye, Aye;
And if his cheek is brown
With the kisses of the sun,
Is he less a gentleman?
Nay, Nay.

Does the farmer plow and sow?
Aye, Aye;
Does he wield the spade and hoe?
Aye, Aye;
And if his hand is hard,
And his feet be roughly shod,
Shall we give him less respect?
Nay, Nay.

Does the farmer work for all?
Aye, Aye;
Labors he for great and small?
Aye, Aye;
If from out the farmers store
Comes the bread for rich and poor,
Should we honor him the more?
Yea, Yea.

Give the farmer then his due —
Aye, Aye;
Aye, Aye;
And may Heaven its blessings shed
Down upon the farmer’s head,
‘Till we cease our cry for bread —
Aye, Aye.


Cedar Falls Gazette (Cedar Falls, Iowa) Apr 6, 1860

Stubborn Facts for Farmers

May 7, 2010

From the Farmers’ Cabinet.


‘Facts are stubborn things.’

1. A poor farmer will be a poor man.

2. A large manure heap makes a full granary.

3. Intelligence to plan, industry to execute, and economy to preserve — prosperity follows.

4. Ignorance, idleness and waste are followed close in the rear by distress, poverty and want.

5. The interest and happiness of the owner of all domestic animals are prompted by kind treatment, full feeding and cleanliness. Try it.

6. Poor tillage, poor crops.

7. To raise an abundance of grass is the foundation of all good husbandry, and should be the first and last effort of every person who desires to be a successful and prosperous farmer.

8. Plants derive their nutriment from the soil, and every crop removed takes away part of its productive power, which an honest farmer will take pleasure and derive profit from restoring as soon as possible.

9. Those who trespass on the kindly disposition of the soil to produce crops, without making adequate returns to it, are very soon brought to judgment.

10. A wise man will spread neither manure nor his labor over more ground than will enable him to attain a maximum result.

11. Postponing doing right, is doing wrong.

12. A well cultivated garden is the most profitable part of a farmer’s domain.

The Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) May 10, 1841