Ada Cambridge

Here you will find the Poem Contentmen of poet Ada Cambridge


Contentment! 'Tis a virtue, sages say ?
The ?trivial round and common task? to ply,
Nor for a wider walk of life to sigh
Than we were born to; humbly, day by day,
The proper meed of reverence to pay
Our high-placed ?betters? ? not to kick and cry
Against injustice, but to do or die
As custom rules. Shall we that rule obey?

Not till our day is done and we lie dead,
With no more power to wield a pen or sword
For rights denied, against the might of wrong;
Not while our starving brothers are unfed,
And rampant tyranny still stalks abroad,
And we can help the weak against the strong.