Laughing and Sneering


Henry Lawson

WHAT though the world does me ill turns
    And cares my life environ;
I’d sooner laugh with Bobbie Burns
    Than sneer with titled Byron.

The smile has always been the best;
    ’Tis stronger than the frown, sirs:
And Venus smiled the waves to rest;
    She didn’t sneer them down, sirs.

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