To these few words, it seems to me,
A wealth of sound instruction clings;
O Learn to Take things easily —
Espeshly Other People’s Things;
And Time will make your fingers deft
At what is know as Petty Theft.
Your precious moments do not waste;
Take Ev’rything that isn’t tied!
Who knows but you may have a Taste,
A Gift perhaps, for Homicide, —
(A Mania which, encouraged, thrives
On Taking Other People’s Lives).
“Fools and their Money soon must be part!”
And you can help this on, may be,
If, in the kindness of your Heart,
You Learn to Take things easily;
And be, with little education,
A Prince of Misappropriation.
Streamer, Col. D. [Harry Graham]. Perverted Proverbs. NY: R. H. Russell, 1903