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Edmund Spenser – a word to the wise

November 22, 2014

For take thy ballaunce, if thou be so wise,
      And weigh the winde, that vnder heauen doth blow;
      Or weigh the light, that in the East doth rise;
      Or weigh the thought, that from mans mind doth flow.
      But if the weight of these thou canst not show,
      Weigh but one word which from thy lips doth fall.
      For how canst thou those greater secrets know,
      That doest not know the least thing of them all?
Ill can he rule the great, that cannot reach the small.

(from The Faerie Queene [1596], Book V, Canto II, v. 43)

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