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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1099
AUTHOR: Jessie Belle Rittenhouse (1869–1948)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: JESSIE B. RITTENHOUSE, “My Wage,” The Door of Dreams, p. 25 (1918).