THEN LAUGH

BUILD FOR YOURSELF a strong box,
fashion each part with care;
When it’s strong as your hand can make it,
put all your troubles there ;

Hide there all thought of your failures;
and each bitter cup that you quaff;
Lock all your heartaches within it,
Then sit on the lid and laugh.

Tell no one else its contents,
Never its secrets share;

When you’ve dropped in your care and worry
keep them forever there;

Hide them from sight so completely
That the world will never dream half;

Fasten the strongbox securely—
Then sit on the lid and laugh.

Bertha Adams Backus

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