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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
By Joseph Green (1706–1780)
  LAW bears the name, but money has the power.
The cause is bad whene’er the client ’s poor.
Those strict-lived men, who seem above our world,
Are oft too modest to resist our gold;
So judgment like our other wares is sold.        5
And the grave knight, that nods upon the laws,
Waked by a fee, hems and approves the cause.
Extempore on the fourth latin school being taken down to make room for enlarging the chapel church.

  A FIG for your learning, I tell you the town,
To make the church larger must pull the school down.
“Unluckily spoken,” replied Master Birch,        10
“Then learning, I fear, stops the growth of the church.”

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