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A poem I wrote based on the first line of 'The Holy Office.'
Myself unto myself will give
A purpose for this life I live
To read, study, and to learn
Fulfill the inner flame, the burn
To educate and to teach
All these famous books within my reach.
But, learning just for learning’s sake
Is a way I will forsake
Because now I do endeavor
To make the learning last forever.
Of Dante, Shakespeare, and Dostoevsky
A follower and a teacher will I be
Their thoughts and ideas will in time
Be passed on to students of mine.
What is the purpose for what you know,
If you are never able to reap what you sow?
Take not joy in all you are knowing,
But rather that learning in another growing.