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[from the Baton Rouge(La) Gazette and come]
a Paraphrase.
the Philosopher's scales.

A mock man of earth want relived at his will.
To which human action.--the good and the ill.
In the scale of philosophy, formed to his mind--
And thus his proceeded as he was inclined;
He first weighed kingdoms, and empires, and thrones,
And found them outweighed by a few martyr's bones;--
He next weighed honor and power, and fame.
And found them all lighter than one christian's name!--

He then weighed pleasure, and glitter, and show--
Determined with candor their value to know;
He put in the opposite scale with due care,
One penitent's simple and short earnest prayer;
When looking with wonder, he saw with delight,
The scale with the prayer in came down quick as sight!

He next tried wealth and aristocrat pride.
And found of a truth — for his scales never lied--
That a morsel of virtue did much more avail,
Than those lying heap in the opposite scale!--
When weighing out heroes, he painly disfind
A thousand outweighed by an humble man's mind!--

A victorious army when put in the scale.
And balanced with what sweet contentment avails,
Went no with rebound in an instant of time,
No longer to boast of great actions sublime,
He finally weighed at that morta's call great,
And found throughout empire and kingdom, and state,

That nothing is better for man to possess,
In all blatelations, than true Holiness St. James a Rectory.

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