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293 (II. 56)
POVERTY AND RICHES
|The man who, what he hath, hath not,|
To all things stands indifferent,
He is most poor when he is rich,
Most rich when he is indigent.
294 (III. 69)
THE SAINT'S WEALTH
|Be poor! On earth the Saint hath naught|
Save one thing, which unwillingly
He needs must call his own, to wit,
This Body of Mortality.
295 (II. 148)
THE POOR IN SPIRIT
|That man is truly poor who stands|
Detached from all things, loose, adrift:
Were God to offer him Himself
I know he would refuse the gift.
296 (III. 139)
MAN FINDETH WHAT HE SEEKETH
|The poor man seeketh God, the rich man seeketh wealth:|
'Tis gold indeed the poor man finds, the rich man filth.
297 (V. 157)
THE RICH MAN IS TRULY POOR
|When of his poverty he maketh much ado,|
Doubt not the Rich Man's word—he speaketh what is true.
298 (VI. 185)
OUR WEALTH MUST BE WITHIN US
|Be all thy Wealth within thyself.|
If lie thy riches otherwhere,
Yea, though thy fortune were the world,
Then art thou rich in naught but Care.
299 (VI. 189)
TO DESIRE EVERYTHING IS TO HAVE NOTHING
|Man, if desire for Everything|
Possesseth all thy thought,
Then art thou poor as beggars are
And still possessest Naught.
300 (VI. 86)
WHO CRAVETH ALL HATH NAUGHT
|Who craveth Naught hath All. Who yearneth to possess|
The riches of the world, he still is penniless.
301 (VI. 84)
THE GREATEST WEALTH AND GAIN
|Most Wealth hath he who Wealth doth most disdain,|
And gaineth most who most renounceth Gain.
302 (VI. 168)
THE WISE MAN HATH NAUGHT IN COFFERS
|Naught doth the Wise Man heard in guarded treasuries:|
Riches that can be lost he never counteth his.
303 (VI. 99)
THE TREASURY OF THE WISE MAN AND THE MISER
|Wise Men are wisely rich—the put|
Their gold into a treasure-chest:
The Miser's gold is in his heart—
His heart hath never any rest.
304 (VI. 167)
HE WHO IS TRULY RICH
|Much having is not being rich.|
The Wealthy Man is he
Who views the loss of all he hath
305 (VI. 100)
THE WISE MAN FORESTALLS THE THIEF
|The Wise Man doth not wait until|
His fortune is bereft:
He steals his foretune from himself
And so forestalls the theft.
306 (VI. 103)
NO PROGRESS WHEN HEAVILY LADEN
|Storm-foundered seamen jettison|
The weightiest cargo in the hold;
And thinkest thou to win to Heaven
O'erladen with a freight of gold?
307 (VI. 179)
HOW MISERS AND WISE MEN ACT
|The Miser leaves his gold at last,|
Heirs seize on his inheritance:
The Wise Man to the other world
Sends on his riches in advance.
308 (V. 132)
THE UNCONCERNED MAN SUFFERETH NO HURT
|The man who in this world claims nothing for his own,|
Suffereth no great loss when all his house falls down.
309 (V. 156)
WHO DESIRETH MUCH, LACKETH MUCH
|Who hath enough, hath all. Who craveth more and more,|
Betrayeth by his want how scanty is his store.
310 (VI. 181)
THE ESTIMATION OF THE FOOL AND THE WISE MAN
|The Fool thinks he is rich enough|
If he possess a sack of gold:
The Wise Man knoweth he is poor
With riches not the world can hold.