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By Peter Marlborough

To learn, or not to learn that is the question

Whether 'tis nobler to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous Past Masters,

Or to oppose them in their quest

And by opposing cease their anger.

To read and not to learn

To sleep no more and end the heartache

And the thousand looks the mind is heir to.

To sleep perchance to dream there's the rub

For in that sleep, to dream, to learn the ritual.

When we shuffle from the Lodge,

Must give pause to think.

To seek respect and not calamity of our deeds

Among our Brethren


Bill Shorto added

Where then the pride where the satisfaction?

What is this not attempted malefaction?

And if our Rulers weaken, and bow to this disgrace

What price the slow developing of effort's interface?

Where then the friendly voice that prompts?

Where then the empathy that lapse exempts?

What worth is this that comes with ease?

Oh Heaven forbid!... Eschew this, please!
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