It was the best of times,
It was the worst of times,
It was the age of wisdom.
It was the age of foolishness,
It was the epoch of belief,
It was was the epoch of incredulity,
It was the season of Darkness,
It was the spring of HOPE,
It was the winter of DESPAIR,
We had everything before us,
We were all going to heaven,
We were all going direct the other way,
The period was so far like the present period,
That some of its noisiest AUTHORITIES insisted on being received
For good or evil in the superlative degree of comparison ONLY!!