English Poet Samuel Butler + James 3


 “…there is no mistake so great as that of being always right.”

SAMUEL BUTLER, 17th-century British satirist

Samuel Butler, (baptized February 8, 1612, Strensham,Worcestershire, England—died September 25, 1680, London) was an English  poet and satirist.

He is famous for penning Hudibras, a  burlesque poem and the first English satire to make a notable and successful attack on ideas rather than on personalities.

You can read it here, but be forewarned — it is 300 pages.

Butler saw in militant Puritanism as something beyond religion and  more akin to political activism, hence Hudibras (hubris).


The New Testament James iii

We all make many mistakes. If people never said anything wrong, they would be perfect and able to control their entire selves, too. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we control their whole bodies. 4    
A ship is very big, but  pushed by strong winds, and  a very small rudder controls that big ship, making it go wherever the pilot wants. It is the same with the tongue. While it  is a small part of the body, it brags about great things it has never done.   — New Century Bible

and then again in Psalms xii

Help, Lord! For God-like men are here no more. The faithful can no longer be seen among the sons of men. They lie to each other. Their lips speak with sweet-sounding words that are not true. May the Lord cut off all lips of false respect, and the tongue that speaks of great things.                          New Life Bible.