What is genius? ’Tis a thing seldom rewarded; If you are in poverty ’Tis sure to be disregarded. But if you are a rich man Your company is courted By the high and the low, Throughout the world wherever you go. Whereas the poor man By his fellow-workmen is spurned; They look on him with a jealous eye, And their noses upturn’d, And they say to themselves, You are no greater than we; If you are, show it, And we’ll all worship thee. And rally around you, And applaud you to the skies; And none of us all Will ever you despise, Because you can help yourself, You are a very great man, And every one of us Will do all that we can, You for to please, And never will tease, Nor try to offend you, By any misbehaviour; And to court your favour We will always endeavour. That is the way genius Is rewarded; But if you are in poverty ’Tis sure to be disregarded.
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