Be judge yourself ; I'll bring it to the test
Which is the basest creature ,man or beast :
Birds feed on birds ,beasts on each other prey ;
But savage man alone does man betray.
Pressed by necessity they kill for food;
Man undoes man to do himself no good .
With teeth and claws by Nature armed they hunt ;
Nature's allowance ,to supply their want ;
But man with smiles ,embraces , friendship, praise,
Inhumanly his fellow's life betrays ,
With voluntary pains works his distress ,
Not through necessity, but wantonness.
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