The Great Sin


There is one vice in this world that no man in this world is free.

The more a man has it,
The more he dis­likes it in oth­ers.

If you want to find out how much you have of it,
The eas­i­est way is to ask thy­self;

How much do I dis­like when peo­ple think low of me?
How much plea­sure did I get from being rich­er, clever, and good-look­ing than the next per­son?

A kind of can­cer that nei­ther eats up the flesh,
But eats up love, con­tent­ment, and even one’s com­mon sense.

It takes no plea­sure out of hav­ing some­thing,
It takes plea­sure think­ing thy neigh­bor is not bet­ter than ye.