I bought a lovely very old poetry book , unusual for me, at a Car Boot a couple weeks ago, and inside was a piece of paper folded, with this wonderful American poem pencilled in full and looks like a signature Rev I J Bartlett..prob not original, but you never know 🙂
I wondered does anyone have any idea who Rev I.J.Bartlett was or anything about him, I have been trying to research, but have drawn a blank..
Except for this poem being published in the Madison County Leader & Observer on Thursday November 23 1916 and in The Newark Union Gazette on Saturday March 31st 1917.
In both it states the copy was taken from The Christian Herald by Rev I J Bartlett (who I assume is American) …….Can anyone help ???
The Town of Don’t-You-Worry
On the banks of River Smile;
Where the Cheer up and be Happy
Blossom sweetly all the while.
Where the never Grumble flower
Blooms beside the fragrant Try,
And the Ne’er-give up and Patience
In the province of I Will,
You will find this lovely city,
At the foot of no Fret Hill.
There are thoroughfares delightful
In this very charming town,
And on every hand are shade trees
Named the Very Seldom Frown.
You’ll find scattered here and there,
And to each a vine is clinging
Called the Frequent-Earnest Prayer.
Everybody there is happy,
And is singing all the while,
On the banks of River Smile.