I bargained with Life for a penny,

And Life would pay no more,

However I begged at evening

When I counted my scanty store.


For Life was a just employer,

He gives you what you ask.

But once you have set the wages,

Why, you must bear the task.


I worked for a menials hire,

Only to learn, dismayed,

Than any wage I had asked for Life,

Life would have willingly paid.

– J.B. Rittenhouse