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THE WORLD DICTATES, by            
First Line: The world dictates my life from day to day
Last Line: As they go wobbling sideways past my door.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Symphonies; Concerts


The World dictates my life from day to day,
It holds my purse, and cuts my pleasures down,
If I would ride, it tells me I must walk,
It counts my concerts when I live in Town.
Yet when I see yon lovely hill this morning,
All white and sepia with its trees and snow –
Who'll think I'd be a wiser, better man
To sit in cushions at a gilded show?
So let the World dictate my daily life,
Let beauty last till Summer brings me more –
Where lovers, paired together, laugh and play,
As they go wobbling sideways past my door.





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