The Gods of the Copybook Headings
...As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
You beat me to it!
I actually recently printed that poem out and framed the damned thing as a reminder to never forget the folly of fools!
Few people are aware that he also wrote one of my favorite Hymns which is shared by scores of Christian sects. Can anyone name the hymn?