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VERSE

I was a poet too; but modern taste
  Is so refined and delicate and chaste,
    That verse, whatever fire the fancy warms,
      Without a creamy smoothness has no charms.
        Thus, all success depending on an ear,
          And thinking I might purchase it too dear,
            If sentiment were sacrific'd to sound,
              And truth cut short to make a period round,
                I judg'd a man of sense could scarce do worse
                  Than caper in the morris-dance of verse.
      - William Cowper

Of little use, the man you may suppose,
  Who says in verse what others say in prose;
    Yet let me show a poet's of some weight,
      And (though no soldier) useful to the state,
        What will a child learn sooner than a song?
          What better teach a foreigner the tongue?
            What's long or short, each accent where to place
              And speak in public with some sort of grace?
      - Alexander Pope


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