As Lords Their Labourers' Hire Delay
As lords their labourers' hire delay,
by Sir Walter Scott
Fate quits our toil with hopes to come,
Which, if far short of present pay,
Still, owns a debt and names a sum.
Quit not the pledge, frail sufferer, then,
Although a distant date be given;
Despair is treason towards man,
And blasphemy to Heaven.