Vain Venture

To have a business of my own
  With toil and tears,
I wore my fingers to the bone
  For weary years.
With stoic heart, for sordid gold
  In patient pain
My life and liberty I sold
  For others gain.
 
I scrimped and scraped, as cent by cent
  My savings grew;
I found a faded shop for rent,
  Made it like new.
Above the door the paint was dry
  Where glowed my name:
I waited there for folks to buy--
  But no one came.

Now I am back where I began:
  Myself I sell.
I grovel to a greedy man,
  And life is hell.
An empty shop of bankrupt shame
  I pass before,
Seeing my bitter, bleary name
  Above the door.

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