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Beardly Resolve

A beard's (to most) a silly thing - Just facial hair allowed to cling Upon its bearer's face too long. “'Tis best,” say they, “to shave. C'mon!”
With bearded men this hallowed truth Is known quite well; they swear: “Forsooth! My beard is not some whiskered shame! 'Tis crown, and rank, and lion's mane!”
And, would you ask the buck to lop His antler's off with chopping block? Why then the pleas for faces nude, And not my manliness exude?
Did Erikson with bald face sail? Or Shakespeare take up ink and quill And write with smooth and beardless grace? Did Plato teach with shaven face?
Did soft-cheeked Leonidas fight With beardless Spartan manly might? Or Peter, Paul, and Jesus preach With hairless, girly, rosy cheeks?
I hope you've seen o'er time and age That warrior, preacher, and wise sage Each one their manliness allowed To show with beard grown long and proud.
Thus I shall keep my face unshorn - With locks my cheeks and chin adorn. For bearded f…

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