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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Learning and Riches
By Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–1695)
 
WHY should the world be apt to censure me?
  Wherein have I offended that I sought
  To grace my mind with jewels dearly bought,
Nor turned my heart to jeweled vanity?
From greed of riches I am fancy-free;        5
  But deem no work of fancy fairly wrought
  Till crowned with diamonds from the mine of thought,
That worth my wealth, not wealth my worth, may be.
I am not Beauty’s votary. I know
  Her conquests fall a spoil to age at last;        10
I find no joy in money’s gaudy show;
  For gold like chaff into the furnace cast
Fits but to feed Art’s flame, and keep the glow
  Of golden Truth a glory unsurpassed.
 
 
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