Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pith of Sense & Pride of Worth

"Jack Frost" on the Garage Floor

Some words to the wise to keep in mind while you are watching
-- or instead of watching -- the State of the Union Address:
. . . The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The man's the gold for all that. . . .

You see that fellow called 'a lord',
Who struts, and stares, and all that?
Though hundreds worship at his word,
He is but a dolt for all that.
For all that, and all that,
His ribboned, star, and all that,
The man of independent mind,
He looks and laughs at all that.

A prince can make a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, and all that!
But an honest man is above his might -
Good faith, he must not fault that
For all that, and all that,
Their dignities, and all that,
The pith of sense and pride of worth
Are higher rank than all that.

Then let us pray that come it may
(As come it will for a' that)
That Sense and Worth over all the earth
Shall take the prize and all that!

from "A Man's A Man For A' That" (1975)
by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

New Posts for January 28, 2018

~ "Robert Burns, The Man's the Gold" ~

@ The Fortnightly Kitti Carriker


~ "An Admirable Sense of Priorities" ~

@ Kitti's List

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