Works in the Herald 1934
THE FAITH OF OLD GEORGE JONES

This yearís traffic, shopping and other business receipts show a marked increase on those of last year, and a general improvement is apparent everywhere.

Long faces, hanginí lips aní eyes without a smile,
   Meegrims aní mulligrubs, mournfulness aní moans,
Faith in the future gone to glory for the while --
   Iíve seen it all a score oí times (said old George Jones).
I seen it all a year ago, if you will but recall:
   I scoffed at it aní laughed at it while you was sittiní mum,
Aní now a little twelve months has gone aní changed it all
   Hard times is heavy, but the good times come.

See-saw, up aní down, lifeís like that,
   Thoí memories is short like, aní men donít heed;
But have a bit of grey stuff beneath yer ole brown hat
   Aní sit a while aní think a bit -- thatís what men need.
Think a bit of yesterday aní what you used to be --
   Peeriní in the future with a sick, sad eye.
Well, hereís a bit of future, it ainít such misery;
   Aní thereís heaps more aícominí in the sweet by-aní-by.

Hard times is heavy, but the good times come --
   See-saw, up aní down, lifeís like that.
I told you so a-yesterday when you was sittiní mum;
   Iím telliní you again today when times grow fat.
So, whatís the use of playiní at the pessimistic trade --
   Meegrims aní mulligrubs, mournfulness aní moans?
Faith in the future, it has never been betrayed,
   Iíve proved it all a score oí times (said old George Jones).

"Den"
Herald, 28 December 1934, p6

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