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Kind of an Ode to Duty. by Ogden Nash. O Duty, Why hast thou not the visage of a sweetie or a cutie?. Duty. Duty. Why displayest thou the countenance of the kind of conscientious organizing spinster That the minute you see her you are againster? Why glitter thy spectacles so ominously?

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O Duty,

Why hast thou not the visage of a sweetie or a cutie?

Duty

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Why displayest thou the countenance of the kind of conscientious organizing spinster

That the minute you see her you are againster?

Why glitter thy spectacles so ominously?

Why are thou clad so abominously?

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Why art thou so different from Venus

And why do thou and I have so few interests mutually

in common between us?

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Why art thou fifty per cent martyr

And fifty-one per cent Tartar?

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Why is it thy unfortunate wont

To try to attract people by calling on them either to

leave undone the deeds they like,

or to do the deeds they don’t?

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Why art thou like an April post mortem

Or something that died in the ortumn?

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Above all, why dost thou continue to hound me?

Why art thou always albatrously hanging around me?

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Thou so ubiquitous,

And I so iniquitous

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I seem to be the one person in the world thou art

perpetually preaching at who or to who;

Whatever looks like fun, there are thou standing between

me and it, and calling yoo-hoo

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O Duty, Duty!

How noble a man should I be hadst thou the visage

of a sweetie or a cutie!

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Wert thou but houri instead of hag

Then would my halo indeed be in the bag!

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That in the words of the poet, When Duty whispers low,

“Thou must,”

this erstwhile youth replies,

“I just can’t”

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Now read “Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man”

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It is common knowledge to every schoolboy and even every Bachelor of Arts,That all sin is divided into two parts.One kind of sin is called a sin of commission, and that is very important,And it is what you are doing when you are doing something you ortant,And the other kind of sin is just the opposite and is called a sin of omission    and is equally bad in the eyes of all right-thinking people, from    Billy Sunday to Buddha,And it consists of not having done something you shuddha.I might as well give you my opinion of these two kinds of sin as long as,    in a way, against each other we are pitting them,And that is, don't bother your head about the sins of commission because    however sinful, they must at least be fun or else you wouldn't be    committing them.It is the sin of omission, the second kind of sin,That lays eggs under your skin.The way you really get painfully bittenIs by the insurance you haven't taken out and the checks you haven't added up    the stubs of and the appointments you haven't kept and the bills you    haven't paid and the letters you haven't written.Also, about sins of omission there is one particularly painful lack of beauty,Namely, it isn't as though it had been a riotous red-letter day or night every    time you neglected to do your duty;You didn't get a wicked forbidden thrillEvery time you let a policy lapse or forget to pay a bill;You didn't slap the lads in the tavern on the back and loudly cry Whee,Let's all fail to write just one more letter before we go home, and this round    of unwritten letters is on me.No, you never get any funOut of things you haven't done,But they are the things that I do not like to be amid,Because the suitable things you didn't do give you a lot more trouble than the    unsuitable things you did.The moral is that it is probably better not to sin at all, but if some kind of    sin you must be pursuing,Well, remember to do it by doing rather than by not doing. Ogden Nash