Charles Dickens; Hard times with Mr Thleary

Creative task: Write a song, sung by Mr. Thleary, about how he thinks people should lead their lives.

Mr. Thleary is a man who has a great understanding of his position in life. While considering himself as part of the poor and down-trodden he remains positive and imparts great wisdom and sentimentality. Thleary presents the truth as he sees it and never censors his passion and emotion. Believing all his comrades to be noble and beautiful, especially his horses.

Look at me deary, my nameths Mr Thleary,
And I feel I mutht put in my word.
Though your tearths wont sthop flowing, I wont be a going
You’ve lostht a great fortune I’ve heard.

Be not athamed, though you’ve nothing to your name
Becauthe all of uth people on earth,
Can get cut up rough, but juthst grab the sthtirrup;
You’ll find what you really are worth.

So graspth on the reignths,
Let life, shake her maneths.
Make the betht of it; not the wurtht!
Do the withe thing, do the kind thing too,
youll thee life ith a blessthing not a curthse!

Now justh look at me, Im no Angel breed,
But both thides of my banner, may be equally theen.
If you know your own mind, then heavenths be aligned;
Who knowths where good fortune may lead

So graspth on the reignths,
Let life, shake her maneths.
Make the betht of it; not the wurtht!
Do the withe thing, do the kind thing too,
youll thee life ith a blessthing not a curthse!

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‘At the circus Molier, Paris’  by J. Delton, 1910