The Edwin Burgess 

Letters on Taxation



    PROUD AND LAZY ASSES.
     The world is bored with silly pride,
     As well as lazy asses,
     Who raise their noses with disdain
     At all the working classes.
     
     I wonder they are not too proud
     To own their great Creator,
     For being "mean" enough to work,
     And thus become their Maker.
     
     Work built the palaces they own,
     Provides their daily feeding;
     And yet they think contempt for work
     A proof of their good breeding.
     
     Girls let their mothers toil and slave,
     Will such poor things their duty do
     That they may play like ladies;
     To their poor little babies?
     
     They keep their parties quite select,
     Yet oft they dread a panic;
     And thank their stars when they escape
     "The smell of a mechanic."
     
     God help the man who for a wife
     Gets one of these fine ladies;
     No wonder if her husband courts
     The girls that nurse the babies.
     
     Young college gents talk knowingly
     Of the "old man" and "woman,"
     As tho' old folks were common clay,
     And young ones superhuman.
      
     God save the world from learned dolts
     From proud and lazy asses,
     Who raise their noses with disdain
     At all the working classes.
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Summary of pages in English: Land and taxation
  
March 2009