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|The Vanity of Human Wishes|
By Samuel Johnson
(English essayist and poet, 17091784. The poem from which these lines are taken is a paraphrase of the Roman poet Juvenal)
|BUT, scarce observed, the knowing and the bold|
|Fall in the general massacre of gold;|
|Wide wasting pest! that rages unconfined,|
|And crowds with crimes the records of mankind;|
|For gold his sword the hireling ruffian draws,|| 5|
|For gold the hireling judge distorts the laws;|
|Wealth heaped on wealth, nor truth nor safety buys,|
|The dangers gather as the treasures rise.|