But they were shut out, …

But they were shut out,

listening at a door to words not meant for them:

Ill mannered children or stupid servants

overhearing the elusive discourse of their elders,

and wondering how it would effect their lot.

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You Common Men

Look, as I blow this feather from my face,
and as the air blows it to me again,
obeying with my wind when I do blow,
and yielding to another when it blows,
commanded always by the greater gust:
such is the lightness of you common men.