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The stroke of Zeus -- they have it, as men say!
This, at least, from the source track forth we may!
As he ordained, so has he done.
"No" -- said someone --
"The gods think fit to care
Nowise for mortals, such
As those by whom the good and fair
Of things denied their touch
Is trampled!" but he was profane.
That they do care, has been made plain
To offspring of the over-bold,
Outbreathing "Ares" greater than is just --
Houses that spill with more than they can hold,
More than is best for man. Be man's what must
Keep harm off, so that in himself he find
Sufficiency -- the well-endowed of mind!
For there's no bulwark in man's wealth to him
Who, through a surfeit, kicks -- into the dim
And disappearing -- Right's great altar.

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