Edgar Guest,1881-1959

A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—There is a glorious fellowship!

Father and son and the open sky And the white clouds lazily drifting by,

And the laughing stream as it runs along With the clicking reel like a 
martial song,

And the father teaching the youngster gay How to land a fish in the 
sportsman’s way.

I fancy I hear them talking there In an open boat, and the speech is fair.

And the boy is learning the ways of men From the finest man in his 
youthful ken.

Kings, to the youngster, cannot compare With the gentle father who’s 
with him there.

And the greatest mind of the human race Not for one minute could take 
his place.

Which is happier, man or boy? The soul of the father is steeped in joy,

For he’s finding out, to his heart’s delight, That his son is fit for 
the future fight.

He is learning the glorious depths of him, And the thoughts he thinks 
and his every whim;

And he shall discover, when night comes on, How close he has grown to 
his little son.

A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip— Builders of life’s companionship!

Oh, I envy them, as I see them there Under the sky in the open air,

For out of the old, old long-ago Come the summer days that I used to know,

When I learned life’s truths from my father’s lips As I shared the joy 
of his fishing-trips.