Laughing And Sneering

Henry Lawson, 1889

      What though the world does me ill turns
      And cares my life environ;
      I'd sooner laugh with Bobbie Burns
      Than sneer with titled Byron.

      The smile has always been the best;
      'Tis stronger than the frown, sirs:
      And Venus smiled the waves to rest;
      She didn't sneer them down, sirs.