Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | November 9, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: How to Get Riches

by Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790).

How to Get Riches

       PRECEPT I.

In Things of moment, on thy self depend,
Nor trust too far thy Servant or thy Friend:
With private Views, thy Friend may promise fair,
And Servants very seldom prove sincere.

       PRECEPT II.

What can be done, with Care perform to Day,
Dangers unthought-of will attend Delay;
Your distant Prospects all precarious are,
And Fortune is as fickle as she’s fair.

       PRECEPT III.

Nor trivial Loss, nor trivial Gain despise;
Molehills, if often heap’d, to Mountains rise:
Weigh every small Expence, and nothing waste,
Farthings long sav’d, amount to Pounds at last.

Notes:
http://www.pbs.org/benfranklin/
http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/info/index.htm

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