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Paul Laurence Dunbar, "Life" (1896)
12022-12-07T09:53:09-05:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e12131plain2022-12-07T09:53:09-05:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1 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!
Published in Lyrics of Lowly Life (1896) Also published in Countee Cullen's Caroling Dusk (1927)