Monday, May 6, 2013


these few precepts 
in thy memory.
See thou character, 
give thy thoughts no tongue;
Be familiar but
by no means vulgar.
Those friends thou hast
and their adoption tried
grapple them to thy soul
with hoops of steel.
But do not dull thy palm
with entertainment
of each new-hatched
unfledged comrade.
Beware of entrance to
a quarrel
but being in one
bear it what the opposed
may beware of thee.
Give every man thy ear
but few thy voice.
take each man's censure
but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit
as thy purse can buy
but not expressed in fancy,
rich not gaudy, 
for the apparel often
proclaims the man. 
Neither a borrower
nor a lender be.
For loan oft loses
both itself and friend
and borrowing dulls 
the edge of husbandry. 


(I do not remember the name of the poet)

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