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