A Beggar's Life

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A Beggar's Life
written by William Henry Davies
Nature Poems (1908) Link to further information




When farmers sweat and toil at ploughs,
Their wives give me cool milk and sweet;
When merchants in their office brood,
Their ladies give me cakes to eat,
And hot tea for my happy blood;
This is a jolly life indeed,
To do no work and get my need.

I have no child for future thought,
I feed no belly but my own,
And I can sleep when toilers fail;
Content, though sober, sleeps on stone,
But Care can't sleep with down and ale;
This is a happy life indeed,
To do no work and get my need.

I trouble not for pauper's grave,
There is no feeling after death;
The king will be as deaf to praise
As I to blame - when this world saith
A word of us in after days;
It is a jolly life indeed,
To do no work and get my need.

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