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The Sum-Up

Robert Service

It is not power and fame
         That make success;
It is not rank or name
         Rate happiness.
It is not honour due
         Nor pile of pelf:
The pay-off is: Did you
         Enjoy yourself?
A pal of days gone by
         I reckon more
Of a success than I
         Who've gold in store
His life, though none too long,
         Was never dull:
Of woman, wine and song
         Bill had his full.

Friend, you are a success
         If you can say:
"A heap of happiness
         Has come my way.
No cheers have made me glad,
         No wealth I've won;
But oh how I have had
         A heap of FUN!"

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