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Vachel Lindsay - Sweet Briars of the Stairways

We are happy all the time 
Even when we fight: 
Sweet briars of the stairways, 
Gay fairies of the grime; 
We, who are playing to-night.

"Our feet are in the gutters, 
Our eyes are sore with dust, 
But still our eyes are bright. 
The wide street roars and mutters  
We know it works because it must  
We, who are playing to-night!

"Dirt is everlasting.  We never, never fear it. 
Toil is never ceasing.  We will play until we near it. 
Tears are never ending.  When once real tears have come; 

"When we see our people as they are  
Our fathers  broken, dumb  

Our mothers  broken, dumb  
The weariest of women and of men; 
Ah  then our eyes will lose their light  
Then we will never play again  
We, who are playing to-night." 

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