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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Wisdom and Knowledge
By Friedrich von Bodenstedt (1819–1892)
 
FRIEND, wouldst know why as a rule
Bookish learning marks the fool?
’Tis because, though once befriended,
Learning’s pact with wisdom’s ended.
No philosophy e’er throve        5
In a nightcap by the stove.
Who the world would understand
In the world must bear a hand.
If you’re not to wisdom wed,
Like the camel you’re bested,        10
Which has treasures rich, to bear
Through the desert everywhere,
But the use must ever lack
Of the goods upon his back.
 
 
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