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The Ignorant.

1 AN Ignorant I am,
2 And Glory in the Name '
3 I wot not what of yore
4 Rash Furioso's did,
5 Nor what the dreaming Sages said:
6 I cannot run a List of Old Rome's Tryumphs ore.
7 'Twas Knowledge first to Ruin led us on;
8 For with this Mortal Itch possest
9 The happy Pair Transgrest,
10 Needs must they Know, they Knew and were Undone!
11 And to this Hour our Mis'ries sole Relief
12 Consists in Ignorance of our Grief!
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13 Then plodding Mortal cease
14 To boast your dear-bought Faculties;
15 For since with Knowledge Sorrow must encrease,
16 Let such as on those Terms can Science prize,
17 Improve in Science; but for me,
18 So I may Ignorant and Happy be,
19 I'le ne'r Repine or look with envious Eyes,
20 On the Unhappy Learn'd, and Miserable Wise.

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Title (in Source Edition): The Ignorant.
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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, pp. 97-98. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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