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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 thoughts 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 strong box securely,
Then sit on the lid and laugh!