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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. X–XI: French
 
Money
By Jehan du Pontalais (15th Century)
 
WHO money has, well wages the campaign;
Who money has, becomes of gentle strain;
Who money has, to honor all accord:
                He is my lord.
Who money has, the ladies ne’er disdain;        5
Who money has, loud praises will attain;
Who money has, in the world’s heart is stored,
                The flower adored.
O’er all mankind he holds his conquering track—
They only are condemned who money lack.        10
 
Who money has, will wisdom’s credit gain;
Who money has, all earth is his domain;
Who money has, praise is his sure reward,
                Which all afford.
Who money has, from nothing need refrain;        15
Who money has, on him is favor poured;
                And, in a word,
Who money has, need never fear attack—
They only are condemned who money lack.
 
Who money has, in every heart does reign;        20
Who money has, all to approach are fain;
Who money has, of him no fault is told,
                Nor harm can hold.
Who money has, none does his right restrain;
Who money has, can whom he will maintain;        25
Who money has, clerk, prior, by his gold,
                Is straight enrolled.
Who money has, all raise, none hold him back—
They only are condemned who money lack.
 
 
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