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Thou shalt have one God only; who 
Would be at the expense of two? 
No graven images may be 
Worshipp’d, 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 it’s 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.
Arthur Hugh Clough [1819-1861]