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Paul Thomas United States (10/21/2013 9:10:00 PM)

I've been searching for a certain verse that been in my head for decades but can't find. I could not have dreamt it up. It starts like this: When you've mastered all the methods, penetrated all the ways by which those who were successful, justified their claim to praise...

I only joined poem hunter.com today; is there anyone out there that recognizes it? It would be such a treat to have the rest of it. Thanks!

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,716 Points Laura Burns (10/22/2013 10:23:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply
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    When you've mastered all the methods
    Penetrated all the ways,
    Where in those who were successful
    Justified their claim to praise...

    Very precious the possession
    Of the technique and the art,
    But you cannot substitute it
    for a sympathetic heart!

    Learning will be useless lumber
    If it does not make you see
    That the verb " to know" is never
    More important than " to be."

    And take heed of what you're saying
    For the pupil wiser far,
    Will be thinking while you say it
    Of the kind of person you are.

    'Tis the understanding spirit,
    'Tis the soul resolved to give,
    'Tis the love behind the lesson,
    That can make the lesson live.

    Garner every bit of knowledge
    As a miser does his pelf,
    But remember that the core of
    All your teaching is YOURSELF!

    -Denis A. McCarthy

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