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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1616. A Word to the Wise
 
By Caroline Duer
 
 
IF wisdom’s height is only disenchantment,
  As say the cynics of a certain school,
And sages grow more sad in their advancement,
  Then folly is the wisdom of the fool.
 
Since fools know happiness through lack of knowledge,        5
  And see things fair because they shut their eyes,
Then any one can tell, who’s been to college,
  That wisdom is the folly of the wise.
 

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