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First Line: Day's calumnies, / midnight's translucencies
Last Line: Be thanked for it?
Subject(s): Diogenes


Day's calumnies,
Midnight's translucencies,
Pride's open book
Of closed humilities—
With its inflated look;
Shall contrarieties
As feasible as these
Confound my wit?

Is Persian cloth
One thread with Persian sloth?
Is gold dust bran?
Though spotted Ashtaroth
Is not a Puritan,
Must every gorgeous moth
Be calico, and Thoth
Be thanked for it?





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