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1 BUSY work brings after ease;
2 Ease brings sport and sport brings rest;
3 For young and old of all degrees,
4 The mingled lot is best.
5 And pain brings pity; then I hear
6 My mother's sweet and gentle voice,
7 She strokes my cheek, the touch is dear,
8 And makes my heart rejoice.
9 Then welcome work and pain and play
10 When all is o'er, like bird in nest
11 We soundly sleep; well says our lay,
12 The mingled lot is best.


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Title (in Source Edition): RHYMES.
Genres: occasional poem

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Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851. Fugitive Verses. By Joanna Baillie, author of “Dramas on the Passions,“ etc. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street. MDCCCXL., 1840, p. 203.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [40.17].)

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