- 'It is true my form is something odd,
But blaming me is blaming God.
Could I create myself anew
I would not fail in pleasing you.
If I could reach from pole to pole
Or grasp the ocean with a span,
I would be measured by the soul.
The mind's the standard of the man'—poem used by Joseph Merrick to end his letters, adapted from "False Greatness" by Isaac Watts—