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Literature and Ideas

great

adj.

The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

"I'm great," the Lion said — "I reign
The monarch of the wood and plain!"

The Elephant replied: "I'm great —
No quadruped can match my weight!"

"I'm great — no animal has half
So long a neck!" said the Giraffe.

"I'm great," the Kangaroo said — "see
My femoral muscularity!"

The 'Possum said:  "I'm great — behold,
My tail is lithe and bald and cold!"

An Oyster fried was understood
To say: "I'm great because I'm good!"

Each reckons greatness to consist
In that in which he heads the list,

And Vierick thinks he tops his class
Because he is the greatest ass.

Arion Spurl Doke