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Once more I would adopt the graver style--
A teacher should be sparing of his smile.
Pernicious weed! whose scent the fair annoys,
Unfriendly to society's chief joys.
I cannot talk with civet in the room,
A fine puss-gentleman that's all perfume.
The pipe, with solemn interposing puff,
Makes half a sentence at a time enough;
The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And proves by thumps upon your back
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.
Then Pope, as harmony itself exact,
In verse well disciplined, complete, compact,
Knowledge, a rude unprofitable mass,
The mere materials with which wisdom builds,
Variety's the very spice of life
That gives it all its flavour.
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