Knowledge, ‘tis said, will set you free,
But knowledge never frees.
How freer were you as a lad
Than with all those degrees?
Did Oppenheimer’s fission
Free the the world of fear?
Or Einstein’s relativity
Bring freedom’s blessings here?
Did his heliocentric skies
Put Copernicus above
What The Nazarene had taught us
Of Liberty and Love?
Knowledge is a duty and a
Sacred obligation
Putting moral checks upon us,
Not emancipation.
Knowledge calls for
Sacrifice of liberty and time,
A kind of bondage or a thralldom,
Howe’er its prize sublime.
So give o’er your freedoms
For knowledge as you can,
Then chain yourself to service,
Freedom’s knowledge plan.