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First Line: We enter life's vale like the rising sun
Last Line: And cross the bar and yield to fate.
Subject(s): Aging; Life

We enter life's vale like the rising sun,
With the bloom of youth life's battle begun;
We are carefree and happy, give little heed
To the troublesome world and its wonderful need.

We laugh and play, labor and sing,
And learn great lessons from sage and king.
The mind of man, God's greatest treasure,
Reaches out to grasp the world's full measure.

At last we find the task begun
Is far too great to finish at set of sun;
So our hands grow tired, we sit and dream,
And think like this as we drift downstream;

Life is a battle in a narrow span
And yet too short for mortal man;
When finished we silently close the gate
And cross the Bar and yield to fate.

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