Duty

Words of honey can lead to arrogance,

And words of vinegar often sting.

 

It is your job to educate and enrich,

Not engage in some affectionate dance,

Or, with your contempt towards our work, swing.

 

Rather, congratulate when a job well done is well done,

And, if a job be poorly done, chastise not the student,

As their work reflects your own.

 

In this way, the student's efforts are of your own a sum,

And their shortcomings of your own original decent,

And in all things recognize,

How much both yourself and your student,

Has grown.

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