“When Priests Are More in World…”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

William Shakespeare (15641616)

 

When priests are more in world than matter;

When brewers mar their malt with water;

When nobles are their tailors’ tutors;

Nor heretics burn’d, but wenches’ suitors;

When every case in law is right;

No squire in debt, nor no poor knight;

When slanders do not live in tongues,

Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;

When usurers tell their gold i’ the field,

And bawds and whores do churches built;

Then shall the realm of Albion

Come to great confusion:

Then comes the time, who live to see’t,

That going shall be used by feet.

(From “King Lear”)

About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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