From the Evening Star, November 1, 1912. By Philander Johnson. For the leader of a nation There’s a wonderful elation When he gets the news of victory complete; But there’s also comfort waiting For the man who hears them stating That his efforts have resulted in defeat. He can be an eight-hour sleeper, He can sit down to his “three per,” Far distant from the bustle and the roar. It will not be found essential To meet people influential Who hammer with petitions on his door. He can play the games that please him, And indulge the moods that seize him If he wants to take a trip to foreign lands. He can give a cheery greeting To each friend he may be meeting And not put in the whole day shaking hands. There is joy in the endeavor To be powerful or clever; But when the struggle has been gotten through There is surely compensation In the blissful relaxation Of the man who hasn’t very much to do.