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  • The Refuge

    From The Tacoma Times, October 14, 1913. By Berton Braley.

    Thank the Lord I have my work!—
        In the mighty world of toil
    I can share the weight and irk
        Of the labor and the moil;
    I’m a worker, not a drone;
    Sweat and weariness I’ve known,
    Through the goodly years I’ve been
    Toiling with my fellow men,
    Peddler, poet, boss and clerk—
    Thank the Lord I have my work!

    Thank the Lord I have my work
        Ever near to serve my turn,
    Refuge from the cares that lurk
        And the woes that sear and burn;
    Fate may wear her grimmest mask,
    Love be lost—I have my task;
    Life is hard?—I’ll see it through;
    There is work for me to do;
    Toil shall light the dreary murk;
    Thank the Lord I have my work!