Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Society - Burke Rondeau Redouble


“Society is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are dead and those who are to be born.


Burke called society a partnership

In science, art, virtue, all perfection

And thus it must require the membership

Of many an earlier generation.

Our aims don’t ever reach fruition

Within a season, not one haw or hip

Is ripe for either harvest or rejection.

Burke called society a partnership

And the serving of a long apprenticeship

Allowing for sagacious intervention

From voices past, in their instructorship

In science, art, virtue, all perfection.

Society’s not changed by mere election

We guard against the ills of brinksmanship.

Society’s a link a great connection

And thus it must require the membership

Of those as yet unborn, custodianship

Means taking care, not mad destruction.

We needs must spend much time in contemplation

Of many an earlier generation,

Their thinking, and put aside frustration

And childish annoyance, at their wardship.

To teach the future of their wisdom is our obligation

To keep preserved, in tact, curated, the protectorship

Burke called society 

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