Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mandeville (amv)

What B. Mandeville knew of priesterhood in 1705 (The Grumbling Hive), may apply to Iranian theocrats today:
A m o n g the many Priests of Jove,
Hir’d to draw Blessings from Above;
Some few were Learn’d and Eloquent,
But thousands Hot and Ignorant:
Yet all pass’d Muster that could hide
Their Sloth, Lust, Avarice and Pride