# 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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