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The Devil's Dictionary: Zeal

by Ambrose Bierce
ZANZIBARI
ZENITH

ZEAL

-n.

A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced. A passion that goeth before a sprawl.

When Zeal sought Gratitude for his reward
He went away exclaiming: "O my Lord!"
"What do you want?" the Lord asked, bending down.
"An ointment for my cracked and bleeding crown."

- Jum Coople

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