A monologue by Walter
NOTE: This monologue is reprinted
from Readings and Monologues À La Mode. Walter
Ben Hare. Minneapolis: T.S. Denison & Co., 1921.
MONOLOGUES BY WALTER BEN HARE
- Good evening, Mrs. Audience,
- And Mr. Audience, too;
- I hope you're glad to see me,
- And will like me 'fore I'm through.
- I'm here to bid you welcome,
- I'm sure I like your style;
- We'll soon become right friendly
- If you will only smile.
- I'll try to entertain you
- With monologue and rhyme--
- But if you won't assist me
- We'll have a dreadful time.
- The world is full of worry,
- Let's forget it for a while,
- And take a trip to Funland--
- So stretch your mouth and smile.
- Some speakers talk of trouble,
- Of pessimistic creeds,
- But just an S-M-I-L-E [spell]
- Is all the old world needs.
- Be gay, enthusiastic,
- And cheerful all the while,
- Forget your gloom and worries,
- And smile, smile, smile!
- And now the ice is broken,
- We're friends, that's how it stands,
- And if you feel as I do,
- You'll tell me with your hands, [Pantomimes applause]
- With song and jest and story,
- I shall an hour beguile;
- I'll do my best to please you,
- If you'll smile, smile, smile!