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A snake came to my water-trough
On a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat,
To drink there.
In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob-tree

D. H. Lawrence
The Lanyard

The other day as I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room
bouncing from typewriter to piano
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,

Billy Collins
Death Why Dost Thou Kill The Youngst?

The grey are borers
Who suck the life remnant
Of the youngst and watch
Them clash cycles on the highways

Benjamin Chikezie
A Letter Of Anti-slave Trade Memorandum.

At the meeting
Of an international NGO
Which took place in Freetown

The Maiden’s Vow

(A speaker at the National Education Association advised girls not to
study algebra. Many girls, he said, had lost their souls through this
study. The idea has been taken up with enthusiasm.)


Alice Duer Miller
Under Which Lyre


(Phi Beta Kappa Poem, Harvard, 1946)


W. H. Auden
Welcome Son

I welcome you my son on earth
More especially in this continent of Africa
In a village of which her people are only warm to foreigners
Feel free my son, I am here for you

Blessed-grant Rodi
In All Ways A Woman

In my young years I took pride in the fact that luck was called a lady. In fact, there were so few public acknowledgments of the female presence that I felt personally honored whenever nature and large ships were referred to as feminine. But as I matured, I began to resent being considered a sister to a changeling as fickle as luck, as aloof as an ocean, and as frivolous as nature. The phrase 'A woman always has the right to change her mind' played so aptly into the negative image of the female that I made myself a victim to an unwavering decision. Even if I made an inane and stupid choice, I stuck by it rather than 'be like a woman and change my mind.'

Being a woman is hard work. Not without joy and even ecstasy, but still relentless, unending work. Becoming an old female may require only being born with certain genitalia, inheriting long-living genes and the fortune not to be run over by an out-of-control truck, but to become and remain a woman command the existence and employment of genius.


Maya Angelou
Only For Dollar

Dollar, need dollar
As much as dollar is needed
Help, need help
All kinds of help are buyed by dollar.

Dr. Muhammad Helal Uddin

Use your brain
Education is main
You are not vain
You can't get anything without pain

Yaaz Musical


Mountains covered with snow & forest are the source,
For the cascade of streams & rivers to nourish the lands,

Norbu Dorji

Perfection isn't dedication,
That runs with the mind of education.

The limitation it makes ,

Joseph Nwakushabeni
Scottish Names In Oxford County

We have the Murray and McKay
From the country of Lord Rae ; *
McKenzie too from many a loch,
From Dingwall, Fain, and old Dornoch.

James Mcintyre
The Sundays Of Satin-legs Smith

Inamoratas, with an approbation,
Bestowed his title. Blessed his inclination.

He wakes, unwinds, elaborately: a cat

Gwendolyn Brooks
The Unknown Citizen

(To JS/07/M/378/ This Marble Monument
Is Erected by the State)

He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be

W. H. Auden
Arithmetic On The Frontier

A great and glorious thing it is
To learn, for seven years or so,
The Lord knows what of that and this,
Ere reckoned fit to face the foe --

Rudyard Kipling
Jo U R N E Y

Education is a journey of learning and mastering,
Driving is a journey from the station to destination,
Relationship is a journey of faith and trust,
Success is a journey of passion and difficulty,

Norbu Dorji

A book which needs to be written is one dealing
with the childhood of authors. It would be
not only interesting, but instructive; not merely
profitable in a general way, but practical in a

Hilda Conkling
L'aducazzione (education)

Fijo, nun ribbartà mai tata tua:
Abbada a tte, nun te fà mette sotto.
Si quarchiduno te viè a dà un cazzotto,
Lì callo callo tu dajene dua.

Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli
Woman In Politics

What, madam, run for School Director? You?
And want my vote and influence? Well, well,
That beats me! Gad! where _are_ we drifting to?
In all my life I never have heard tell

Ambrose Bierce
Don Juan: Canto The Seventeenth

The world is full of orphans: firstly, those
Who are so in the strict sense of the phrase
(But many a lonely tree the loftier grows
Than others crowded in the forest's maze);

George Gordon Byron
The Moral

You mustn't groom an Arab with a file.
You hadn't ought to tension-spring a mule.
You couldn't push a brumby fifty mile
And drop him in a boiler-shed to cool.

Rudyard Kipling
The Woful Tale Of Mr. Peters

I should like, good friends, to mention the disaster which befell
Mr. William Perry Peters, of the town of Muscatel,
Whose fate is full of meaning, if correctly understood
Admonition to the haughty, consolation to the good.

Ambrose Bierce
Cragwell End


There's nothing I know of to make you spend
A day of your life at Cragwell End.

R. C. Lehmann
The Progress Of Error.

Si quid loquar audiendam.--Hor. Lib. iv. Od. 2.


William Cowper
Tale Viii


There was a worthy, but a simple Pair,
Who nursed a Daughter, fairest of the fair:

George Crabbe
The Ideal Candidates

(A by-law of the New York Board of Education says: “No married woman
shall be appointed to any teaching or supervising position in the New
York public schools unless her husband is mentally or physically
incapacitated to earn a living or has deserted her for a period of not

Alice Duer Miller
Table Talk

A. You told me, I remember, glory, built
On selfish principles, is shame and guilt;
The deeds that men admire as half divine,
Stark naught, because corrupt in their design.

William Cowper
The Gallant Sex

(A woman engineer has been dismissed by the Board of Education, under
their new rule that women shall not attend high pressure boilers,
although her work has been satisfactory and she holds a license to
attend such boilers from the Police Department.)

Alice Duer Miller
Brown Lung

Sometimes I'd spend the whole night coughing up
what I'd been breathing in all day at work.
I'd sleep in a chair or take a good stiff drink,
anything to get a few hours rest.

Ron Rash
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi


“Sic transit gloria mundi,”
“How doth the busy bee,”

Emily Dickinson
The Introduction

Did I, my lines intend for publick view,
How many censures, wou'd their faults persue,
Some wou'd, because such words they do affect,
Cry they're insipid, empty, uncorrect.

Anne Kingsmill Finch

It is stuffy in the steerage where the second-classers sleep,
For there's near a hundred for'ard, and they're stowed away like sheep, --
They are trav'lers for the most part in a straight 'n' honest path;
But their linen's rather scanty, an' there isn't any bath --

Henry Lawson
My Father Was A Farmer: A Ballad

lly he bred me in decency and order, O;
He bade me act a manly part, though I had ne'er a farthing, O;
For without an honest manly heart, no man was worth regarding, O.


Robert Burns
Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 36

Even after falling into mud a jewel retains its costliness, and dust, although it may rise into the sky, is as contemptible as before. Capacity without education is deplorable and education without capacity is thrown away. Ashes are of high origin because the nature of fire is superior, but as they have no value of their own, they are similar to earth and the price of sugar arises not from. the cane but from its own quality.

The land of Canaan having no natural excellence,
The birth of a prophet therein could not enhance its worth.

Saadi Shirazi

(A Lecture on Modern Education)

Look heah, Tunk!-Now, ain't dis awful! T'ought I sont you off to school.

James Weldon Johnson
Ch 07 On The Effects Of Education Story 19

I asked an illustrious man for the reason of the tradition: Account as an enemy the passion which is between thy two loins. He replied: â??The reason is because whatever enemy thou propitiatest becomes thy friend, whereas the more thou indulgest in a passion, the more it will oppose thee.â??

Man attains angelic nature by eating sparingly
But if he be voracious like beasts he falls like a stone.

Saadi Shirazi
Ch 07 On The Effects Of Education Story 12

One year discord had arisen in a caravan among the walking portion and I also travelled on foot. To obtain justice we attacked each otherâ??s heads and faces, giving full vent to pugnacity and contention. I saw a man sitting in a camel litter and saying to his companion: â??How wonderful! A pawn of ivory travels across the chess-board and becomes a farzin, and the footmen of the Haj travelled across the whole desert only to become worse.â??

Tell on my part to the man-biting Haji
Who tears the skins of people with torments:

Saadi Shirazi
The Axe-helve

I've known ere now an interfering branch
Of alder catch my lifted axe behind me.
But that was in the woods, to hold my hand
From striking at another alder's roots,

Robert Frost
The Decimal Point

When first sent to School (now the Station was Rugby)
I fancied my masters and took to the boys;
I thought to myself--here 'tis plain I shall snug be
Revolving at last in an orbit of joys:

Norman Rowland Gale
The Song Of Education

III. For the Creche

Form 8277059, Sub-Section K


Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Days Of 1908

That was the year when he stayed
Without work, for a living played
Cards, or backgammon; or borrowed and never paid.


Constantine P. Cavafy
Primer For Blacks

is a title,
is a preoccupation,
is a commitment Blacks

Gwendolyn Brooks
The Pleasures Of Imagination - The General Argument


The pleasures of the imagination proceed either from natural objects, as from a flourishing grove, a clear and murmuring fountain, a calm sea by moon-light; or from works of art, such as a noble edifice, a musical tune, a statue, a picture, a poem. In treating of these pleasures, we must begin with the former class; they being original to the other; and nothing more being necessary, in order to explain them, than a view of our natural inclination toward greatness and beauty, and of those appearances, in the world around us, to which that inclination is adapted. This is the subject of the first book of the following poem. But the pleasures which we receive from the elegant arts, from music, sculpture, painting, and poetry, are much more various and complicated. In them (besides greatness and beauty, or forms proper to the imagination) we find interwoven frequent representations of truth, of virtue and vice, of circumstances proper to move us with laughter, or to excite in us pity, fear, and the other passions. These moral and intellectual objects are described in the second book; to which the third properly belongs as an episode, though too large to have been included in it.


Mark Akenside
Hic Vir, Hic Est

Often, when o'er tree and turret,
Eve a dying radiance flings,
By that ancient pile I linger
Known familiarly as 'King's.'

Charles Stuart Calverley
Introductory 05

My negligence and backwardness in diligent attendance at the royal court resemble the case of Barzachumihr, whose merits the sages of India were discussing but could at last not reproach him with anything except slowness of speech because he delayed long and his hearers were obliged to wait till he delivered himself of what he had to say. When Barzachumihr heard of this he said: â??It is better for me to consider what to speak than to repent of what I have spoken.â??

A trained orator, old, aged,
First meditates and then speaks.

Saadi Shirazi
There Is A Country

There is a country

Where Graduates flood the labour market yearly,
With the hope of getting employed one day.

Taofeeq B. Ajadi
The Spelling Bee At Angels

Reported By Truthful James

Waltz in, waltz in, ye little kids, and gather round my knee,

Bret Harte
A Vision Of A Wrangler, Of A University, Of Pedantry, And Of Philosophy

Deep St. Mary's bell had sounded,
And the twelve notes gently rounded
Endless chimneys that surrounded
My abode in Trinity.

James Clerk Maxwell
The Ghost,

There stands a City,-- neither large nor small,
Its air and situation sweet and pretty;
It matters very little -- if at all --
Whether its denizens are dull or witty,

Richard Harris Barham