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When all the laws and proverbs known to man, And made to guide him in the right,
Are blent, and sublimated into one,
Shall come, as bright as God's white light, " Be fair and just, my son."
Therein lies faith, and charity, and hope, With honor, truth, and love, and peace;
In that may good be ever nobly done; It brings to human joy, increase.
Be fair and just, my son.
Rise high above the scrambling mob, that stoops To gather gear, that comes by greed.
Enough, and some to spare, is better won As industry and honor's meed.
Be fair and just, my son.
That grim misfortunes often lash the best,
As with the chastening rod, 'tis true; But wrong, though long its course may smoothly run, Will meet, at last, its dire due.
Be fair and just, my son.
So taught the gentle Nazarene, and so The greatest men the world has known,