From the Evening Star, January 15, 1913. By Philander Johnson. Father was reciting A speech he had to make. For days he had been writing For patriotism’s sake. With noble self-reliance ‘Gainst tyrants he rebelled And uttered fierce defiance— Just then the baby yelled. Mother was declaring That women ought to vote, Her arguments preparing All earnestly to quote. With reasons energetic, Which could not be dispelled, She spoke in tones prophetic— Just then the baby yelled. They both forgot their speaking And hastened swiftly there To that small infant, seeking To soothe him with their care, Forgetting the oration In which they both excelled— They might have saved the nation If the baby hadn’t yelled.