Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DISCOVERY, by BENJAMIN KEECH



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First Line: I wished to shirk my task one day
Last Line: Since there is play in pleasant work?


I wished to shirk my task one day:
I much preferred some pleasant play.
But when the work I'd once begun,
'Twas full of interest, joy and fun.

The dust removed from off my books
Brought happy thoughts and cheerful looks.
Weeds, in the garden, put to rout,
Made beauty blossom round about.

Why use my time and strength and skill
In hard-wrought play, to serve me ill?
Why from sure pleasure should I shirk,
Since there is play in pleasant work?





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