I bargained with Life for a penny, and Life would pay no more.

I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more.
I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more.

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 is 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 menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid.
Jessie Belle Rittenhouse
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