The Lesson (Peach)

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Not every day can wear the charm
Of sunbeam's smile and cheery air,
Nor every life know naught of harm
Or sorrow's cross of care.

But every day that comes with rain
Means brighter sunny days to be;
And every life with hours of pain
Joy's happier hours will see,

This truth the years would have us learn;
By sorrow, joy is sweeter made;
Where fairest roses glow and burn,
The rain's soft lips were laid!

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The author died in 1956, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.