Latest Decalogue

C. G. Estabrook galliher at
Thu Aug 10 17:25:07 PDT 2000

With all the talk of Lieberman's religiosity, it might be worthwhile to revisit the Judeo-Christian platform as summarized in the Ten Commandments. Remarkably enough, the current revisions were proleptically presented by the Victorian poet, Arthur Hugh Clough, in what we might now call a Gore-Text:

The Latest Decalogue

"Thou shalt have one God only; Who

Would be at the expense of two?

No graven images may be

Worshipped, except the currency:

Swear not at all; for, for thy curse

Thine enemy is none the worse:

At church on Sunday to attend

Will serve to keep the world thy friend:

Honour thy parents; that is, all

From whom advancement may befall:

Thou shalt not kill; but need'st not strive

Officiously to keep alive:

Do not adultery commit;

Advantage rarely comes of it:

Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat,

When 'tis so lucrative to cheat:

Bear not false witness; let the lie

Have time on its own wings to fly:

Thou shalt not covet, but tradition

Approves all forms of competition.

"The sum of all is, thou shalt love,

If any body, God above:

At any rate shall never labour

More than thyself to love thy neighbour."

C. G. Estabrook

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