An Argument

I've oft been told by learned friars,
That wishing and the crime are one,
And Heaven punishes desires
As much as if the deed were done.

If wishing damns us, you and I
Are damned to all our heart's content;
Come, then, at least we may enjoy
Some pleasure for our punishment!

by Thomas Moore

Comments (8)

Most unMoorelike sentiments.
Excellent poem.
Beautiful poem , Enjoyed reading it.
This is a small poem, however it says a lot. We are sinners, regardless of the action or inaction.There is no escape. Our thoughts are criminalized, just like our deeds.
most enjoyable argument if only true?
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