I think words are;
Isn't is strange how Kings and Queens
We are all give a pail of tools ...........etc.
Isn't it strange how princes and kings,
and clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
and common people, like you and me,
are builders for eternity?
Each is given a list of rules;
a shapeless mass; a bag of tools.
And each must fashion, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block, or a Stepping-Stone.
R. Lee Sharpe
I forgot to add the title ...
A Bag of Tools
first published in 1941,
Poems that Touch the Heart,
compiled by A. L. Alexander
R. Lee Sharpe was born in the 1870s and died in the 1950s.
His father, Edwin R. Sharpe, who owned The Carrollton Free Press
and a printing shop in Carrollton, Georgia.
In his later years he traveled a lot, mostly freelancing for magazines of the '20s and '30s.
Thank you very much.
Thanks again Ilza for the bio on the author.