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 Advice from Franklin for a distracted age

To serve the Publick faithfully, and at the same time please it Proud Modern Learning despises the antient:

Schoolmen are now

Oh! blind to Joys, that from true Bounty flow,

To think those e’er repent whose Hearts bestow!

Man to his Maker thus best Homage pays,

Thus peaceful walks thro’ Virtue’s pleasing Ways:

Her gentle Image on the Soul imprest,

Bids each tempestuous Passion leave the Breast:

Thence with her livid Self-devouring Snakes

Pale Envy flies; her Quiver Slander breaks:

Thus falls (dire Scourge of a distracted Age!)

The Knave-led, one-ey’d Monster, Party Rage.

Poor Richard Improved(1758)

Christopher Joel Dandrow

 2011/10/2 13:17Profile

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