Lyr Add: The Way to Be Happy (Harry Clifton)
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In Mudcat MIDIs:
The Way to Be Happy [Harry Clifton]
Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: THE WAY TO BE HAPPY (Harry Clifton)|
From: Artful Codger
Date: 15 Jun 10 - 12:06 AM
THE WAY TO BE HAPPY
A song with a sentiment.
Written, composed and sung by Harry Clifton. 
A simple song I sing to you,
The subject anything but new,
And yet I trust 'will please a few,
Perhaps nine out of ten.
'Tis meant to suit both grave and gay,
A healthy moral to convey,
And if you follow all I say,
You will be happy men.
To those who feel dispirited
I merely wish to show
The future will be brighter
If they try to make it so.
But if a moment you'll allow,
And pay attention to me now,
I fancy I can tell you how,
You may be happy men.
If you are anxious to get wed,
By "beauty" only, don't be led,
But seek for "sterling worth" instead,
And find one if you can.
Whose trusting faith and constancy
Will cheer you on life's stormy sea,
Then even in adversity
You'll be a happy man.
Be gentle to each other
Remember if you mean to live,
To live within your means.
The truth of this you can't deny,
If on yourself you will rely,
Success will greet you by and bye
And you'll be a happy man.
Oh! never joke or sneer a friend,
A jest it may perchange offend,
And wound him when you don't intend,
So let this be your plan.
If faults in others you detect,
Look to yourself, and then reflect,
Perhaps you have the same defect,
Remove it, if you can.
Civility cost nothing,
Of this you may be sure;
Respectful be to all around,
And kindly treat the poor.
Your business done, don't stay out late;
To help a friend ne'er hesitate;
Live well—but still live temperate,
And you'll be a happy man.
Whae'er your grade in life may be,
The mainspring of prosperity
You'll find is strict integrity,
So let it be your plan.
To set with great propriety,
Avoiding low society,
And studying sobriety,
But do the best you can.
When troubles are approaching,
Not to meet them on the way
But bear up bravely, nobly,
They soon will pass away.
And if at last by diligence,
You find the way to opulence,
Then practise true benevolence
And you must be happy men.
Source: Sheet music published by Hopwood and Crew, 1868. H&C 1429.
Scans provided by Steve Gardham from his personal collection.
Above the title:
Respectfully dedicated by the Author to his friend Mr Duncan M'Laren, promoter of the Staurday Evening Concerts — Edinburgh.
Notes from Steve Gardham:
ABC transcription of the melody:
To play or display ABC tunes, try concertina.net
Subject: RE: ADD: The Way to Be Happy (Harry Clifton)|
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Jun 10 - 02:44 AM
MIDI added, thanks to Artful Codger