Poetry, motivation, and something about wages

I came across two brilliant poems yesterday – the first one because it was quoted in a book I was reading, and the second one because everyone knows a Google search will take you places.

These are well worth a share so here they are:

My Wage
by J.B. Rittenhouse

I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.

For Life was a just employer,
He gives you what you ask.
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menials hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
Than any wage I had asked for Life,
Life would have willingly paid.

The second is of a similar theme, and it’s by the great H. W. Longfellow:

The heights by great men reached and kept
were not attained by sudden flight,
but they, while their companions slept,
were toiling upward in the night.

Just some little things to think about. =)