My Wage

Jessie B. Rittenhouse


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Synposis: Your employer doesn't decide your wages. You do.

Life will pay you anything you ask for, but you have to first pay the price, take the risks and make the sacrifices required. Then you may get the wages you have set for yourself.


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.