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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.


By Alexis Piron (1689–1773)

WORK without thinking of gain;

Be neither selfish nor vain;

Love; do not hate nor disdain;

Be sober and gay; drink good wine;

And thy life at its final confine

Shall outvalue a monarch’s long reign.