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Chivalrous (poem 18)

Since the beginning of time there has been politeness and honour.
So simple to remember and follow, yet now after all these centuries 
it is all but gone.

Gentleman hold the door open for a lady, just wait a few seconds 
for her to pass through.
How hard could it be?
Stand when an important person or lady enters or leaves the room.
How hard could it be?

Gentlemen help the weak and defenceless.
How hard could it be?
Gentlemen give up their seat if a lady is forced to stand.
How hard could it be?

Gentlemen abstain from unfairness, meanness and deceit.
How hard could it be?
Gentlemen pay for the dinners at restaurants.
How hard could it be?

Gentlemen always speak the truth.
How hard could it be?
Gentlemen respect a lady’s honour.
How hard could it be?

Gentlemen pull the chair out for a lady when she is about to sit.
How hard could it be?
Gentlemen help a lady to put on her coat as she goes to leave.
How hard could it be?

Valour, Truth, Justice, Hope, Diligence, Liberality, Resolution,
Prudence, Sagacity, Faith and Charity.

How hard could it be?
It’s such simple politeness, how could you not do it automatically?
How could you not want to be chivalrous?

How hard could it be?



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