Advice to a Poet

If you are jealous as pug-dog, O poet,
Button your bosom tight, and never show it.
If you are angry at the world's disdain,
What the world gives you, give the world again.
The Muses take delight in poets' sighs,
But they hear few ascending from the wise.
" The more the merrier " (wicked jades!) they say,
Laugh in your face, and turn their own away.
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