Julia A. Moore

The Sweet Singer of Michigan



ROLL ON TIME, ROLL ON


      AIR -- "Roll on, Silver Moon."

Roll on time, roll on, as it always has done,
      Since the time this world first begun;
It can never change my love that I gave a dear man,
      Faithful friend, I gave my heart and hand.

CHORUS:

           Roll on time, roll on, it can never turn back
                 To the time of my maiden days --
           To the time of my youth it can never turn back
                 When I wandered with my love, bright and gay.

I was happy then as a girl could ever be,
      And live on this earth here below --
I was happy as a lark and as busy as a bee,
      For in fashion or in style I did not go.

My parents were poor and they could not dress me so,
      For they had not got the money to spare,
And it may be better so, for I do not think fine clothes
      Make a person any better than they are.

Some people are getting so they think a poor girl,
      Though she be bright and intelligent and gay,
She must have nice clothes, or she is nothing in this world,
      If she is not dressed in style every day.

Remember never to judge people by their clothes,
      For our brave, noble Washington said,
"Honorable are rags, if a true heart they enclose,"
      And I found it was the truth when I married.



Reprinted from The Sweet Singer of Michigan: Poems by Mrs. Julia A.
Moore
, ed. Walter Blair (Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928).

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