The Flowers
When Love arose in heart and deed
To wake the world to greater joy,
‘What can she give me now?' said Greed,
Who thought to win some costly toy.
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William Brighty Rands
Ballade Of Dead Republics
Tell me ye King-craft of to-day
Where is Athens, who made men free;
Then sank into stupor by the way,
Subdued by the Spartan tyranny?
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Edgar Lee Masters
He, Who Overcomes Pride, Greed, Vanity
He, who overcomes pride, greed, vanity
And removes such hurdles of robbery
from his path,
Facilitates his contemplation:
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When The Bush Begins To Speak
They know us not in England yet, their pens are overbold;
We're seen in fancy pictures that are fifty years too old.
They think we are a careless race - a childish race, and weak;
They'll know us yet in England, when the bush begins to speak;
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Henry Lawson
From A Verandah


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Francis William Lauderdale Adams
Tell me Brother
Tell me, Brother, how can I renounce Maya?
When I gave up the tying of ribbons, still I tied my garment about me:
When I gave up tying my garment, still I covered my body in its folds.
So, when I give up passion, I see that anger remains;
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When Admonition's hand essays
Our greed to curse,
Its lifted finger oft displays
Our missing purse.
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Ambrose Bierce
Our Country
God grant that we shall never see
Our country slave to lust and greed;
God grant that here all men shall be
United by a common creed.
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Edgar Albert Guest
If in any way I pushed you down,
mistakenly when I was trying to get myself stand,
beko I am sorry, please understand.

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Ambrose Ap
Rubaiyat 39
With good company and harp and reed
In a corner, jug of wine and time to heed,
The warmth of wine runs through my veins,
Why should I succumb to my greed?
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Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi
Fragmentâ??altho' He Has Left Me
ALTHO' he has left me for greed o' the siller,
I dinna envy him the gains he can win;
I rather wad bear a' the lade o' my sorrow,
Than ever hae acted sae faithless to him.
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Robert Burns
Fishing Nooks
'Men will grow weary,' said the Lord,
'Of working for their bed and board.
They'll weary of the money chase
And want to find a resting place
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Edgar Albert Guest
The Book Of Memory
Turn me loose and let me be
Young once more and fancy free;
Let me wander where I will,
Down the lane and up the hill,
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Edgar Albert Guest
Should You, In This Body, Seek
Should you, in this body, seek
The Supreme Self that dwells within,
Greed and illusion soon removed,
A halo of glory will surround
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From pride, joy, hate, greed, melancholy
From any kind of vice, or folly,
Bias, propensity or passion
That is in prevalence and fashion,
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Ambrose Bierce
Gold in the Mountain
Gold in the mountain,
And gold in the glen,
And greed in the heart,
Heaven having no part,
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Herman Melville
Who Slays The Highway Robbers Three
Who slays the highway robbers three,
Greed, Lust and Pride,
And yet, in utter humility, serves
his fellow-men-
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A Bachelor
'Why keep a cow when I can buy,'
Said he, 'the milk I need,'
I wanted to spit in his eye
Of selfishness and greed;
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Robert William Service
My Heart ran so to thee

My Heart ran so to thee
It would not wait for me
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Emily Dickinson
Slay The Murderous Demons
Slay the murderous demons,
Lust, Anger and Greed;
Or, aiming their arrows at you, they will
surely shoot you dead.
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