APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!
Published In 1850
Written by J. C. HOADLY
"A man should never weep."
It may be manliness to boast
Thy cheek was never wet
With tears of sorrow or remorse,
Of pity or regret;
The wayward pride may vaunt thine eye
Unwashed with gushing brine,--
Oh! this may well be manliness,--
For tears are all divine!
As o'er Sahara's burning waste
No verdant tale appears,
Save where the barren sands are wet
With Nature's genial tears;
See in the arid heart of man
A green oasis rise,
Alone where grief or pity opes
The fountain of the eyes!
Around thee want and woe may cower,
And wounded hearts may grieve,
And sin and sorrow--warp and woof--
Their Nessus' tissue weave;
Yet boast thee that no pitying tear
Adown thy cheek hath crept;
But when thou call'st it manliness,