I found the following poem in The George Aldrich Genealogy, Volume 1
by A. J. Aldrich

YOUR NAME, A FATHER’S GIFT

You got it from your father. ‘Twas the best he had to give.
And right gladly he bestowed it — it is yours while you live.
You may lose the watch he gave you and another you may claim,
But remember, when you’re tempted, be careful of the name.

It was fair the day you got it and a worthy name to wear.
When he took it from his father, there was no dishonor there.
Through the years he proudly wore it, to his father he was true,
And that name was clean and spotless when he passed it on to you.

Oh, there’s much that he has given that he values not at all,
He has watched you break your playthings in the days when you were small,
And you’ve lost the knife he gave you and you’ve scattered many a game.
But you’ll never hurt your father if you’re careful of his name.

It is yours to wear forever, yours to wear the while you live,
Yours, perhaps, some distant morning to another boy to give,
And you’ll smile as did your father smile above that baby there,
If a clean name and a good name you are giving him to wear.

—-Author Unknown

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