To A Hireling

Preach a sermon preacher,
But make it short and sweet,
Our stomachs strike at twelve o'clock,
A hungering for to eat.

Preach a sermon, preacher,
With words both smooth and fair.
For philosophy and theory we thirst,
For scripture, we don't care!

Preach a sermon, preacher,
Punctuate it with jokes,
Fill it with yarns and tales,
And entertain us folks.

Preach a sermon, preacher,
But don't be too specific.
As long as you just generalize,
We think you are terrific.

Preach a sermon, preacher,
Make it what we love to hear.
We'll pat you on your spineless back,
While you scratch our itching ear.
Anonymous

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