There is one thing you ought to know

if one would advise you which way to go;

so heed a word, and mark it well,

lest your mind may fare unwell.


In order that you truly see

words of truth that come to thee,

distinguished from a word untrue

of things which are so close to you.


Remember that a one who knows

the restitution of repose,

and truly seen the wondrous thing;

their poetry will dance and sing.


So if there is no sparkle there;

but words of doom, and dark despair,

then let your mind not linger long;

for theirs is not the actual song.


Hence, be alert, where greed may dwell;

which brings a cloud, a hollow bell;

and thus a darkness long in time;

for theirs is not the actual rhyme.




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