The Latest Decalogue

Charybdis GreyDragon ( writes:


[Earl Wajenberg]

"Thou shalt not lie.
But don't believe
Thou art required
To un-deceive."

-- BurmaShave

<grin> Reminds me of a poem I came across way back in high school when I was doing research on Victorian London for a game I was running... The poem is called "The Latest Decalogue" and I will reprint it here in that after a hundred years I doubt there are any copyright issues...

The Latest Decalogue
by Arthur Hugh Clough

Thou shalt have one God only; who
Would be at the expense of two?
No graven images may be
Worshiped, except the currency:
Swear not at all, for for thy curse
Thine enemy is none the worse:
At church on Sunday to attend
Will serve to keep the world thy friend:
Honour thy parents, that is all
>From whom advancement my befall:
Thou shalt not kill, but needst not strive
Officiously to keep alive:
Do not adultery commit,
Advantage rarely comes of it:
Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat,
When it's so lucrative to cheat:
Bear not false witness; let the lie
Have time on its own wings to fly:
Thou shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition.


Charybdis GreyDragon

** "My angel-- his name is Freedom--."**
** --Emerson **


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