A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in, A minute to smile and an hour to weep in, A pint of joy to a peck of trouble, And never a laugh but the moans come double; And that is life! A crust and a corner that love makes precious, With a smile to warm and the tears to refresh us; And joy seems sweeter when cares come after, And a moan is the finest of foils for laughter; And that is life!
Song Cycle by Mary Elizabeth Turner Salter (1856 - 1938)
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- by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906), "Life", appears in Lyrics of Lowly Life, first published 1896 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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