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|The Newer Vainglory|
Two men went up to pray; and one gave thanks, |
Not with himselfaloud,
With proclamation, calling on the ranks
Of an attentive crowd.
“Thank God, I clap not my own humble breast, |
But other ruffians’ backs,
Imputing crimesuch is my tolerant haste
To any man that lacks.
“For I am tolerant, generous, keep no rules, |
And the age honours me.
Thank God, I am not as these rigid fools,
Even as this Pharisee.”
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