One useful lesson of the tale of Babel
Is that no language spoken today can boast
Of being the language Adam employed in Eden
When naming the animals as they passed
In a peaceable line before him.
One less reason for any nation to claim
Priority over all the others.
Too bad the tale also suggests that the many
Languages now available weren’t intended
To delight us with their variety, just to disrupt
Work on the tower that men were raising
Floor by floor to the gates of heaven.