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THE PROFESSION OF FLATTERY, by            
First Line: Consider, then, the flatterer's profession
Last Line: Second to none, say I, unless you're rich.
Subject(s): Flattery


CONSIDER, then, the flatterer's profession:
There is no jollier trade, nor like to be,
No easier money, -- if you have the flair.
Your artists are laborious, touchy folk;
Your farmers never safe from speculation;
Everywhere it's the same, -- care and hard work!
Ours is a merry, comfortable life;
There's nothing to it, all the work is play, --
A hearty laugh, a jibe or two, long drinks, --
Second to none, say I, unless you're rich.





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