I bargained with Life for a penny,

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 Rittenhouse

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