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Poems: With a Sketch of the Life and Experience of Annie R. Smith

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    Condense

    The article which now you think
    So perfect and complete,
    Would doubtless be, if half as long,
    For printing twice as meet.
    PSAS 48.6

    Once and again your thoughts condense,
    Then what remains improve;
    For matter must be weighty now,
    The minds of men to move.
    PSAS 48.7

    No preface does your piece demand,
    No introduction needs;
    Select the wheat, but cast aside
    The straw, and chaff, and weeds.
    PSAS 49.1

    How many worse than wasted hours
    Are spent foul works to read,
    Fictions which poison heart and mind,
    And beset passions feed.
    PSAS 49.2

    Search for some richer gems than these,
    Ideas new and rare;
    Soon will you learn the good to save,
    The valueless to spare.
    PSAS 49.3

    With heart and mind thus disciplined,
    And quickened every sense,
    Let these three rules your pen control-
    Condense, condense, condense.
    PSAS 49.4

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