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If Fortune favor you, be not elated;
If she frown, do not despond.

When Fortune means to men most good,
She looks upon them with a threatening eye.
     --King John, III. 4, 119.

When smiling Fortune spreads her golden ray,
All crowd around to flatter and obey;
But when she thunders from the angry sky,
Our friends, our flatterers, our lovers fly.

Since Fortune is not in our power,
Let us be as little as possible in hers.

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