The Bar


"The name of each soloon’s a Bar

The fittest of its names by far.

A Bar to heaven, a door to Hell;

Whoever named it, names it well.

A Bar to manliness and wealth,

A door to want and broken health;

A Bar to honor, pride and fame,

A door to grief and sin and shame;

A Bar to hope, a Bar to Prayer,

A door to darkness and despair;

A Bar to honored useful life.

A door to brawling, senseless strife;

A Bar to all that’s true and brave.

A door to every drunkard’s grave;

A Bar to joys that home imparts,

A door to tears and aching hearts;

A Bar to Heaven, a door to Hell,

Whoever named it, named it well."