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The Lie

Posted 12-14-2007 at 01:51 PM by Menudo
Updated 12-14-2007 at 01:57 PM by Menudo
THE LIE
by: Sir Walter Raleigh
    • O, Soul, the body's guest,
    • Upon a thankless arrant! Fear
    • not to touch the best; The
    • truth shall be thy warrant: Go,
    • since I needs must die, And give
    • the world the lie. Say to the
    • court it glows And shines like
    • rotten wood; Say to the church
    • it shows What's good, and doth
    • no good: If court and church
    • reply, Then give them both the
    • lie. Tell potentates they live
    • Acting by others' action, Not
    • loved unless they give, Not
    • strong but by a faction. If
    • potentates reply, Give
    • potentates the lie. Tell men of
    • high condition That manage the
    • estate, Their purpose is
    • ambition, Their practice only
    • hate: And if they make reply,
    • Then give them all the lie. Tell
    • them that brave it most, They
    • beg for more by spending, Who,
    • in their greatest cost, Seek
    • nothing but commending: And if
    • they make reply, Then give
    • them all the lie. Tell zeal it
    • wants devotion; Tell love it is
    • but lust; Tell time it is but
    • motion; Tell flesh it is but dust:
    • And wish them not reply, For
    • thou must give the lie. Tell age
    • it daily wasteth; Tell honor how
    • it alters; Tell beauty how she
    • blasteth; Tell favor how she
    • falters: And as they shall reply,
    • Give every one the lie. Tell wit
    • how much it wrangles In tickle
    • points of niceness; Tell wisdom
    • she entangles Herself in over-
    • wiseness: And when they do
    • reply, Straight give them both
    • the lie. Tell physic of her
    • boldness; Tell skill it is
    • pretension; Tell charity of
    • coldness; Tell law it is
    • contention: And as they do
    • reply, So give them still the lie.
    • Tell fortune of her blindness;
    • Tell nature of decay; Tell
    • friendship of unkindness; Tell
    • justice of delay: And if they will
    • reply, Then give them all the lie.
    • Tell arts they have no
    • soundness, But vary by
    • esteeming; Tell schools they
    • want profoundness, And stand
    • too much on seeming: If arts
    • and school reply, Give arts and
    • school the lie. Tell faith it fled
    • the city; Tell how the country
    • erreth; Tell manhood shakes off
    • pity; Tell virtue least preferreth:
    • And if they do reply, Spare not
    • to give the lie. So when thou
    • hast, as I Commanded thee,
    • done blabbing,-- Although to
    • give the lie Deserves no less
    • than stabbing,-- Stab at thee,
    • he that will, No stab the soul
    • can kill.
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