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The Eight-Hour Man

From the Evening Star, April 16, 1914. By Philander Johnson.

The man who works eight hours a day
    Goes home with joyous mind,
Prepared to take his share of play
    And leave his cares behind.

The statesman burns the midnight oil
    And starts his task anew;
A day makes fruitless all his toil—
    His work is never through.

The lawyer lives in fierce suspense,
    The doctor’s rest is rare.
The financier finds wealth immense
    A weight of serious care.

And Nature in her curious plan,
    Unfolded day by day,
Seems after all to love the man
    Who works eight hours a day.

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