Court not the good
opinion of the world;
Fame's gaudy ensigns are best borne furled.
Who feign humility the hardest stumble;
We are not great enough to be humble.
Nor look for wisdom in an old man's eyes;
He's no longer young enough to be wise.
If courage be the highest badge of merit,
The bravest do not survive to wear it.
Nor seek the speaker's or the poet's laurels,
As lofty words do not become us mortals.
What great virtue then to cultivate?
None. Go where the need is great.