You got it from your father
‘Twas the best he had to give ..
And right gladly he bestowed it
It’s yours, the while you live.
You may lose the watch he gave you
and another you may claim ..
But remember, when you’re tempted
to be careful of this name.
It was fair the day you got it
and a worthy name to bear ..
When he took it from his father
there was no dishonor there.
Through the years he proudly wore it
to his father he was true ..
And that name was clean and spotless
when he passed it on to you.
Oh, there’s much that he has given
that he values not at all ..
He has watched you break your playthings
in the days when you were small.
You have lost the knife he gave you
and you’ve scattered many a game ..
But you’ll never hurt your father
if you’re careful with his name.
It is yours to wear forever
yours to wear the while you live ..
Yours, perhaps some distant morning,
another boy to give.
And you’ll smile as did your father–
with a smile that all can share ..
If a clean name and a good name
you are giving him to wear.
By – Edgar Guest