Thursday, May 23, 2013


The Puppet Master

Charles Churchill (1732-1764), "Night: An Epistle to Robert Lloyd," lines 255-262:
Peace to such triflers; be our happier plan
To pass through life as easy as we can.
Who's in or out, who moves this grand machine,
Nor stirs my curiosity nor spleen.
Secrets of state no more I wish to know
Than secret movements of a puppet-show:
Let but the puppets move, I've my desire,
Unseen the hand which guides the master-wire.

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