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Literature and Ideas

resign

v.t.

The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

To renounce an honor for an advantage. To renounce an advantage for a greater advantage.

'Twas rumored Leonard Wood had signed
    A true renunciation
Of title, rank and every kind
    Of military station —
    Each honorable station.

By his example fired — inclined
    To noble emulation,
The country humbly was resigned
    To Leonard's resignation —
    His Christian resignation.

Politian Greame