a poem rehashed in public interest

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  1. Unbeknown

    Unbeknown Senior Moderator

    original poem by Robert William Service:

    If you had the choice of two women to wed,
    (Though of course the idea is quite absurd)
    And the first from her heels to her dainty head
    Was charming in every sense of the word:
    And yet in the past (I grieve to state),
    She never had been exactly "straight".

    And the second -- she was beyond all cavil,
    A model of virtue, I must confess;
    And yet, alas! she was dull as the devil,
    And rather a dowd in the way of dress;
    Though what she was lacking in wit and beauty,
    She more than made up for in "sense of duty".

    Now, suppose you must wed, and make no blunder,
    And either would love you, and let you win her --
    Which of the two would you choose, I wonder,
    The stolid saint or the sparkling sinner?​
     
  2. Unbeknown

    Unbeknown Senior Moderator

    ?
    If you had the choice of two shaykhs to follow,
    (Oh yes, a shaykh and not the herd!)
    And the first from his madas to his towering dastar
    Was charismatic in every sense of the word:
    And yet in the past (I grieve to state),
    In knowledge he had been the weakest by far

    And the second -- beyond all cavil was he,
    A model of virtue, and in knowledge no less;
    And yet, alas! affectation not being his cup of tea,
    Rather a dowd in the way of dress;
    Though what he was lacking in glibness and pretense,
    He more than made up for in erudition and moral sense.

    Now, suppose you must follow, and make no blunder,
    And either would teach you and be your mentor --
    Which of the two would you choose, I wonder,
    The humble scholar or the sparkling pretender?

     
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