by: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
- n Bacon see the culminating prime
- Of Anglo-Saxon intellect and crime.
- He dies and Nature, settling his affairs,
- Parts his endowments among us, his heirs:
- To every one a pinch of brain for seed,
- And, to develop it, a pinch of greed.
- Each thrifty heir, to make the gift suffice,
- Buries the talent to manure the vice.
POEMS BY AMBROSE BIERCE
|"Novum Organum" is reprinted from Shapes of Clay. Ambrose Bierce. San Francisco: W. E. Wood, 1903.