Enlightenment (Ode to Sir Thomas Browne)

Enlightenment (Ode to Sir Thomas Browne)

Six editions,

Whilst you lived!

A scientist

In your day,

 

(Or, Natural

Philosopher,)

Condemning

Vulgar Errors:

 

You showed a toad

Would eat a spider,

Rather than duel

In poisons;

 

You cast doubt

On the unicorn,

Hermaphroditic

Hare;

 

You coined exotic

Words from Latin:

Called things

What they were.

 

So modern a man,

So new, this creed:

To learn by

Observation!

 

And yet,

When called

To testify, you did.

Against a witch.

 

For both

Your observation

And your faith

Agreed:

 

She was.

 

 

 

Copyright Andrea LeDew 2017

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  1. The poem above owes its inspiration and factual content to the nice article on the subject in JSTOR Daily today, 10/26/17 available in Word Press Reader as well as on its website at the link that follows. It is called Sir Thomas Browne’s Vulgar Errors, by Matthew Wills. Very Interesting. https://daily.jstor.org/sir-thomas-brownes-vulgar-errors/

    Thank you again for a fascinating and unique look into an unfamiliar topic, JSTOR Daily!

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