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First Line: Various words the world may know
Last Line: He successfully achieved!
Alternate Author Name(s): Brusov, Valery Yakovlevich

Various words the world may know,
Words like diamonds, gold or steel,
Words which glitter, burn and glow,
But no holier word than "toil"!
Troglodytes became real men
When, one sacred day, the soil
With their ploughs they cleared, and then
First began their round of toil.
Brimming cups and harvest rife
All from previous toil have come:
All which satisfies in life,
All which beautifies each home.
Lamps with new triumphant light,
Motors running, train and rail,
Monoplanes in trackless flight -
All the heritage of toil!
Knowledge, art and writing flower -
All embodiments of toil!
At each step, and every hour
Clearly seen is labor's spoil.
Rightful place in life belongs
But to those who daily toil:
But for workers -- glory's songs,
But on them the bays shall fall!
When the dawn is smiling full,
Making stars of evening pale,
What great joys flows through their soul,
Those who boldly rise to toil!
Tired, when evening comes again,
Each his full reward received,
If his task, though small or plain,
He successfully achieved!

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