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The Laws of God The Laws of Man

Written by: A E Housman | Biography
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 The laws of God, the laws of man,
He may keep that will and can;
Not I: let God and man decree
Laws for themselves and not for me;
And if my ways are not as theirs
Let them mind their own affairs.
Their deeds I judge and much condemn, Yet when did I make laws for them? Please yourselves, say I, and they Need only look the other way.
But no, they will not; they must still Wrest their neighbor to their will, And make me dance as they desire With jail and gallows and hell-fire.
And how am I to face the odds Of man's bedevilment and God's? I, a stranger and afraid In a world I never made.
They will be master, right or wrong; Though both are foolish, both are strong.
And since, my soul, we cannot fly To Saturn nor to Mercury, Keep we must, if keep we can, These foreign laws of God and man.



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