I bargained with life for a penny,
And life would give no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty score.
For Life is just an employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire
Only to learn, dismayed, That any wage I asked of life,
Life would have willingly paid.