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She Was a Beauty


Alice C. Bateman

She was a beauty, used hard by life

Couldn't tell from her smile

That she'd ever seen strife


But the gray hairs, and stretch marks

Beneath her loose clothes

Attest to the pain in a life full of woes


There was love and laughter

Happy endings and sad

And it still continues

For which she is glad


It's the pain that makes us grow, you see

And it isn't up to you and me

To shirk our load or ease the strain

Of a heavy lifetime filled with pain


It is for God to share our load

And lead us on the winding road

The road of life, the road of love

‘Til we can return to God Above

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