Don’t Let Your Song Die Down

A poem by Spillman Riggs, who opened the 1901-1902 Skidmore Lecture Course series at the Opera House on August 29.  As printed in the August 9, 1901 Standard, page 1:

Don’t Let Your Song Die Down.

No matter how the winds may blow,
Or how life’s storms may rage;
No matter how affairs may go,
In youth or life’s old age;
If this advice you all will heed,
Your sorrows you can drown: —
When you are sad or in sore need,
Don’t let your song die down.

Behind the clouds the sun still shines,
Tho’ dark the day may seem;
A silver sheet the cloud-rift lines,
And all may see the gleam —
If this advice you’ll closely heed;
E’en tho’ the whole world frown,
No matter how your heart may bleed,
Don’t let your song die down.

What if the tune be sad and low,
Or bright and glad and gay?
What if the tune be quick or slow,
If it drive dull care away?
Take this advice, you’ll find it worth
More than a kingly crown —
More than half of all the earth,
Don’t let your song die down.

Spillman Riggs.

The University of Iowa Libraries’ wonderful Iowa Digital Library has several items by and about “humorous lecturer, solo whistler, and musical impersonatorSpillman Riggs.