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Mikołaj Sęp Szarzyński - SONG VIII - THAT REASON'S MORE NEEDED BY MAN THAN RICHES
THAT REASON'S MORE NEEDED BY MAN THAN RICHES
Gold's tried by a touchstone - man, by gold;
But owning it or not, with virtue hath naught ado.
Vainly the gentle metal they praise and rebuke;
E'er free of it's he whom Lord God gave reason.
He's spurned greed unsated, he's spurned odious fear;
Owning not, he yearns not; in profusion, he pales not.
He lends not on account, nor vainly squanders;
Gold he prizes in measure, both greatly and little.
Still by word and deed did thy grandchild, Jesse,
Freely declare excess wealth excess poison.
To whom He giveth not, God's more kind than
To him with surfeit; who'd judge right, knows.
In woe, man so wishing, shall obtain solace;
'Tis easy tho, all faring well, one's mean to lose;
A sweetly ulcer from this sad indolence ariseth,
For what healthy seems, doth work greatest harm.
No longing have I for fame in both fortunes;
Yet him I know truly content who solace in Thee
Alone, O Lord, doth take, who of other cares is empty,
And who for thy sake, thoughts of self hath scorned.
Translated by Richard Sokoloski