# Mathematics

# Mathematics

Original Text

*The Works of Arthur Clement Hilton (Of Marlborough & Cambridge) Author of "The Light Green" Together with his Life and Letters*, ed. Robert P. Edgcumbe (Cambridge: Macmillan and Bowes, 1902): 134-36. PR 4790 H27A12 Robarts Library

1I've really done enough of

*sums*,2 I've done so very many,

3That now instead of doing

*sum*4 I'd rather not do any.

5I've toiled until my fingers are

6 With writing out of joint;

7And even now of

*Decimals*8 I cannot see the

*point*.9Subtraction to my weary mind

10 Brings nothing but distraction,

11And

*vulgar*and*improper*I12 Consider every

*fraction*.13"Practice makes perfect," so they say.

14 It may be true. The fact is

15That I unhappily am not

16 Yet perfect in my

*Practice*.17

*Discount*is*counted*troublesome19For

*cubic root*I entertain20 A strongly

*rooted*hate.21The heathen worship stocks and stones;

22 My pious soul it shocks

23To be instructed thus to take

24 An

*Interest*in*Stocks*.25Of Algebra I fear I have

26 A very vague impression;

27I study hard, but fail to make

29In Euclid too I always climb

32 Is anything but

*plane*.33"Apply yourself," my master said,

34 When I my woes confided,

35"And, when you

*multiply*, bestow36 Attention

*undivided.*"37Oh, if one master tries so hard

38 Tyrannical to be,

39How out of all

*Proportion*I### Notes

18] pate: head, skull. Back to Line

28] Harmonical

*Progression*: a progression, the reciprocals of whose terms form an arithmetic progression, that is, a series of integers separated from one another by a constant. Back to Line30] Asses' Bridge: the fifth proposition of the first book of Euclid's

*Elements*. Back to Line31] superficies: surface. Back to Line

40] Rule of Three: the so-called golden rule, a method of finding a fourth number from three known numbers, of which the first has the same proportion to the second as the third does to the fourth. Back to Line

Publication Start Year

1869

Publication Notes

Cambridge

RPO poem Editors

Ian Lancashire

RPO Edition

RPO 1998.

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