Life ~ by Edgar Guest

Life is a jest;

Take the delight of it.

Laughter is best;

Sing through the night of it.

Swiftly the tear

And the hurt and the ache of it

Find us down here;

Life must be what we make of it.

Life is a song;

Let us dance to the thrill of it.

Grief’s hours are long,

And cold is the chill of it.

Joy is man’s need;

Let us smile for the sake of it.

This be our creed:

Life must be what we make of it.

Life is a soul;

The virtue and vice of it.

Strife for a goal,

And man’s strength is the price of it.

Your life and mine,

The bare bread and the cake of it,

End in this line:

Life must be what we make of it.

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