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Wise and virtuous striving
Are the makers of all true wealth.
Laxity and delusion, however,
Are more than capable of enjoying
Through stealing, hoarding and defrauding.

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This explains why,
When others are in full swing
In drunkard celebration,
The wise show such cold
Absence of elation —
They see storm clouds gathering
On the sly.

So if you do well in life,
Celebrate by all means
And be sober.
For true prosperity comes not
Without her fees.

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