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by Carl Sandburg, 1916

I asked the professors who teach the meaning of life to tell me what is happiness.
 And I went to famous executives who boss the work of thousands of men.
 They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though I was trying to fool with them
 And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along the Desplaines river
 And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the trees with their women and children and a keg of beer and an accordion.

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