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From the way of life
Comes all things;
It is the treasure of a sound person
And the refuge of an unsound person.
Clever performances come dear or cheap,
Sweet words can buy a measure of honor,
Goodness comes free.

And how shall a person who acts better deny a person who acts worse?
In an instant they can change places.

Therefore, when a new government comes into being,
Let ministers be appointed to receive the gifts of
A grateful people;
And let them receive also the motionless gift of integrity -
The gift prized as highest by those of old who said,
"Only pursue an offender to show them the way."

What people on earth could imagine
More wealth than this?

Henry Meyerding 2007-01-27