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"Hard Times" (or, more accurately, "Hard Times Come Again No More") is an American parlor song written by Stephen Foster. It was published in New York by Firth, Pond & Co. in 1854 as Foster's Melodies No. 28. Well-known and popular in its day, both in America and Europe, the song asks the fortunate to consider the plight of the less fortunate and ends with one of Foster's favorite images: "a pale drooping maiden".

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let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears
while we all sup sorrow with the poor
there's a song that will linger forever in our…

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