Do Not Mock Me

Do not mock me for my talent-
For if you can do better, than do so,
And I will honor you as the greater.
(I seek no glory for these poor lines.)
But if you are the lesser poet,
Than keep silence among your betters,
And let another admire you,
Not least for your silence.

by James Grengs

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If you seek to make words your craft, be careful to know the meaning and usage of the words you choose. Take care to know the difference between 'than' and 'then' and when to use each word to say what you mean to express. than (thn, thn) conj. Used after a comparative adjective or adverb to introduce the second element or clause of an unequal comparison: She is a better athlete than I. Used to introduce the second element after certain words indicating difference: He draws quite differently than she does. then (thn) adv. At that time: I was still in school then. Come at noon; I'll be ready then. Next in time, space, or order; immediately afterward: watched the late movie and then went to bed. In addition; moreover; besides: It costs $20, and then there's the sales tax to pay. Used after but to qualify or balance a preceding statement: The star was nervous, but then who isn't on the first night of a new play. ***** In that case; accordingly: If traffic is heavy, then allow extra time. **** As a consequence; therefore: The case, then, is closed.