On A Certain Pedagogue

A hungry eagle, wishing to be fed,
Let fall a tortoise on a poet's head,
And Athens mourned her noblest singer dead.
Oh had the bird our bald tormentor known,
And taken P____ 's numskull for a stone,
By all the names that frighten gods and men,
'Twould be the tortoise that would suffer then.

by Richard Crawley

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