“….let the Weakest think he’s sometimes right”

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(poetry diary 121) I was amused to find a poem by Benjamin Franklin today in my searches for “December” poems.  I was especially glad to find it as I’m thirsting for words by great, wise political people. It’s not the best poem ever written, but it’s smart advice:

DECEMBER. [1757] XII Month.
Benjamin Franklin
Would you be well receiv’d where’er you go,
Remember each Man vanquish’d is a Foe:
Resist not therefore to your utmost Might,
But let the Weakest think he’s sometimes right;
He, for each Triumph you shall thus decline,
Shall give ten Opportunities to shine;
He sees, since once you own’d him to excel,
That ’tis his Interest you should reason well.

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