The Muse invok’d, sit down to write,
Blot out, correct, insert, refine,
Enlarge, diminish, interline;
Be mindful, when Invention fails,
To scratch your Head, and bite your Nails
and advice on dealing with critics:
And if you find the general Vogue
Pronounces you a stupid Rogue;
Damns all your Thoughts as low and slight,
Sit still, and swallow down your Spittle.
Be silent as a Politician,
For talking may beget Suspicion….
Silent as a politician? How things have changed!
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