[lit-ideas] Re: If you can't beat 'em ...

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2006 22:29:53 -0400

Writing from the Most Holy Something-or-Other in Rome, Mike asks, "When is there to be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now? Do not the mighty minds of Lit-Id reading every post of yours -- do not the people posting throughout the world -- does not the alarm of the people, and the union of all good men -- does not the precaution taken of assembling the facts in this most defensible place -- do not the looks and countenances of this venerable List here present, have nay effect upon you?"

On behalf of the accused, and fresh from a three-week engagement in Las Vegas, I give you ... Mr. Robert Burns:

[music up]

A robe of seeming truth and trust
  Hid crafty Observation;
And secret hung, with poison’d crust,
  The dirk of Defamation:
A mask that like the gorget show’d,
  Dye-varying on the pigeon;
And for a mantle large and broad,
  He wrapt him in Religion.

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