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To tame a dog with words

And placate a savage beast

Without being cruel in kind

To raise a sweeter nature

With a dulcet command of voice

That pricks the ear of trust

Than to fill it with loathing

Such should be master’s authority

And no less the voice of authors

The storyteller, the bard and poet

To tame the savage heart of Man

And to raise a sweeter nature

From the mire of the land

With words of dulcet command

Grammar of wisdom’s capture

And syntax of beauty sung

That the pages of life and of mind

Be edified to a higher kind.

Cheung-Ling Wong

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