Most of the local and overseas news these days seems largely to concern war and rumors of war, national dissension, economic argument, motor accidents, murder and sudden death.
Oh, is there not one place on earth Where man's goodwill has gone from birth Thro' adolescence, with its rage, Into a kindly, mellow age A tolerant maturity -- Mayhap some tropic coral isle Where even man no more is vile. If such a place be anywhere, Ah, take me there! Ah, take me there! And let me know security. Is there no haven, heaven-bent, Where economic argument Falls flat; where war and talk of Are with forgotten things of yore -- Anachronistic oddities -- Where mankind's mental food is peace, And bliss and brotherhood increase. If such a place be anywhere, Ah, take me there! Ah, take me there! And feed me such commodities. Where phonograph or wireless blare Is never on the ambient air, And calm night follows placid day As silent seasons steal away Tuned to a sweet tranquillity, Where never, 'mid the traffie's roar Red Death claims yet one victim more -- If such a place be anywhere, Ah, take me there! Ah, take me there! I go with meek docility. Where tender sky to placid sea Bends down in perfect harmony; Where mute nymphs, in a smiling bandy Come, as I loll on silvery sand, And, bent upon adoring me, Pass soothing fingers thro' my hair -- Were such a land, and were I there, I should arise, and yawn, and say, "Take me away! Take me away! This deadly dump is boring me!"
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