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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
A Palace of Dreams, and Other Verse (1901)
III. Under the Sun
By Ada Bartrick Baker (1854– )
LIFE is a Battle. And those that fight
Clash in the thick of a cloudy night;
And Wrong has its sword through the heart of Right.
Life is a Loom. And the threads that feed
Are drawn out of hearts and brains that bleed,        5
To fashion a cloak for the rich man’s greed.
Life is a Mart. And the sellers buy
Lies for truth, and truth with a lie,
While honour and justice stand hand-cuff’d by.
Life is a Play. But the actors wear        10
Vainly their masks; for the sins they share
Out of their hollow eyelids stare.
Life is a Journey. And those that ride
Trample the weak as they trudge beside,
While the red blood crimsons the hoof of pride.        15
Life is a Dream! And the soul, perplext,
Feels through a fog of problems vext.
Sudden ’twill wake, and—light comes next!

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