Professor or Fool

PROFESSOR OR FOOL

Good Father O’Toole as a general rule
Had little regard for professor or fool,
The fool knew but few things, and little of such
The professor a few things a little too much,
The one made the error of knowledge too small,
The other of thinking that learning was all.

Good Father O’Toole, always quiet and cool,
Thought little of dunces who sat on a stool,
And less of professors who sat on a chair
And thought that the center of learning was there,
Whenever he asked their opinion or view,
Then one was mistaken and one never knew.

Good Father O’Toole, of the town of Dromgoole,
Was a fisher of men in humanity’s pool,
And always came home with a generous pail,
But never a minnow and never a whale.
The man who was common, the woman as kind,
He said were the ones that he wanted to find.

Good Father O’Toole as a general rule
Had more at his masses and more in his school,
Who thought that religion was something to do,
Not something to laugh at, or prove wasn’t true
For life is to live, not to dally or doubt,
No fool or professor can figure it out.

Copyright, 1936, by Douglas Malloch

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Sep 14, 1936

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