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Yip Harburg

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Born Edgar Yipsel Harburg, he was a Hollywood lyricist and poet, most notably wrote the lyrics for Somewhere Over the Rainbow and It's Only a Paper Moon[1]

"The House of God never had much appeal for me. Anyhow, I found a substitute temple--the theater."[2]

ATHEIST

Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree;

And only God who makes the tree Also makes the fools like me.

But only fools like me, you see, Can make a God, who makes a tree



MUTUAL ADMIRATION

"Speaking of the Common Man," said Lincoln,

"God must love him."

And the Common Man, he must love God--

He made so many of Him.


Small Comforts

Before I was born, I seemed to be

Contented with being non-be-able;

So after I'm gone, it seems to me

My lot should be not less agreeable.


From volumes of poetry Rhymes for the Irreverent (1965) and At This Point in Rhyme (1976) [3] Currently published by The Freedom from Religion Foundation