The Rich Man


"The Rich Man" sets the text of Franklin Pierce Adams from his 1911 volume Tobogganing On Parnassus.

The Rich Man
by Franklin Pierce Adams

The rich man has his motorcar,
His country and his town estate.
He smokes a fifty cent cigar
And jeers at fate.

He frivols through the livelong day...
He knows not Poverty, her pinch.
His lot seems light, his heart seems gay,
He has a cinch.

Yet though my lamp burns low and dim,
Though I must slave for livelihood...
Think you that I would change with him?
Yet bet I would!

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