From the poetry collection Fridolin's Garden and Valley Paintings in Rhyme (1901).
Put your hand heavily and firmly on the table
and like a lion royal roar,
and say the right, certain word
manly without ostentation and boasting.
A man is beautiful when he is angry,
but wet and mealy he is mean,
and cold and whining is a woman's way of life
In this world of smooth bumps
who smile and bow for a penny,
you lace your words with broddar
and speech healthy and true.
In this world, so brazen and stupid,
may much wrath have place,
and it's a shame to be lukewarm.
A man is but a nor'easter
that blows up into fierce battle,
and than a west wind that enters
among men infinitely gentle.
So other men follow his trail,
and children and women, wherever he goes,
stand secure in their weak spring.
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