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First Line: If you mean to please every body you will
Last Line: Of lighting a lamp when you dont wish to see
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Bible; Cromek, Robert Hartley (1770-1812); Mythology


If you mean to Please Every body you will
Set to work both Ignorance & skill
For a great multitude are Ignorant
And skill to them seems raving & rant
Like putting oil & water into a lamp
Twill make a great splutter with smoke & damp
For there is no use as it seems to me
Of lighting a Lamp when you dont wish to see





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