Fillers Endpiece

The last Decalogue

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1431
  1. J A Hicklin, consultant rheumatologist
  1. West Sussex

    Thou shalt have one God only; who Would be at the expense of two?

    No graven images may be

    Worshipped, except the currency:

    Swear not at all; for, for thy curse Thine enemy is none the worse:

    At church on Sunday to attend Will serve to keep the world thy friend:

    Honour thy parents; that is, all From whom advancement may befall:

    Thou shalt not kill; but need'st not strive Officiously to keep alive:

    Do not adultery commit;

    Advantage rarely comes of it:

    Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat, When it's so lucrative to cheat:

    Bear not false witness; let the lie Have time on its own wings to fly:

    Thou shalt not covet, but tradition Approves all forms of competition.

    Arthur Clough (1819-61)

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