A witness, giving evidence before the British Select Committee on Capital Punishment, said that criminals were the most conservative and intolerant people in the world. Burglars, for instance, hate bigamists. A majority favored the death penalty for murderers.
Should it occasion much surprise That criminals should deal in blame, As all of us, and recognise The full depth of another's shame. The burglar blames the bigamist As something partially insane, And Bluebeards equally insist That burglars are a sinful bane. And, getting further up the scale, To normal men, like you and I, The rule is never known to fail, While egotism throned on high, Sets cunning traps for you and me, Blind with the illusion of our worth, To ape the smirking Pharisee, And see sin stalking o'er the earth. In a community of saints, Where all sins save fault-finding die, One still might look for grave complaints Concerning haloes worn awry. But as this sinful earth is trod, He who, of Jezebel or Cain, Says, "There, but for the grace of God, Go I," is the most nearly sane.
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