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"Has it come to your attention how the race of man..." | 25-Nov-04

"Has it come to your attention how the race of man,
Has been climbing upward since time began.
How it's been climbing upward, and it's climbing there still,
But every time you look at it, it's going downhill."

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I'm looking for this poem also. It was in one of my high school (North Babylon, NY) English Literature books, 1960-1964.
Sheila Beall

looking for. Has it come to your attention how the race of man has been climbing up steady since time began it is climbing there steady and it is climbing there still but everytime you look at it it is going down hill.
Thanks
James Belleville

Has it come to your attention that the race of man Has been climbing upward since time began, Has been climbing upward and it's going there still, But every time you look at us We're going down hill. Going down hill is the natural way, The old folks gather and the young folks play, And their manners and their morals everylastingly decay, (I've forgotten the last line of this verse and other three or four verses, and would love to find them.)
Elizabeth Rollins

This was also something in hy High School English (Freeport, NY) class. I would search off and on with no luck. But this time! Written by the American playwrite Maxwell Anderson and published in the May 8,1948 edition of The New Yorker magazine (pg 26).

HI-YO, HI-YO, DISCERNIBLE TODAY
(A Song After Reading Toynbee)

Has it come to your attention how the race of man
Has been climbing upwards since time began,
How it?s been climbing steady, and it?s climbing there still,
But every time you notice it, it?s going down hill?
[...]
Blythe Neumiller

Thank you thank you thank you. Blythe
James Belleville

Thank you! Thank you! I remember that poem from decades ago. I'm amazed that the great Maxwell Anderson wrote it.
Marian Powell


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