Friday, September 29, 2006

The Hardest Knife Ill-us'd Doth Lose His Edge.*

"Satire should, like a polished razor keen, Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen. Thine is an oyster knife, that hacks and hews; The rage but not the talent to abuse."

(Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, To the Imitator of the First Satire of Horace, (Pope))

*Shakespeare, Sonnet 95

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