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Disgruntled Grunt

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Disgruntled Grunt

He comes to work in no such haste, 
And wishes he’s some other place; 
“Oh, I believe, ” he always say, 
“I’m overworked and underpaid! ”
Yet for every day that Heaven made, 
Still he shows up just the same.
After all, he needs the pay; 
The wife must eat, anyway.

Much full of regret and reproach, 
He criticizes even the mote
Of white dust on his worktable; 
He denounces his superior, 
And condemns the mistake-prone idiot
At the next table; he cannot
Wait for the hour’s hand to strike five, 
To conjure a new-fangled lie
—For when his wife asks, “Where you been? ”—
And end the day with bitter beer.

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