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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
 
Poverty

By Alcaeus

(Greek lyric poet, c.620–c.580 B.C.; banished for his resistance to tyrants. Translation by Sir William Jones)
 
THE WORST of ills, and hardest to endure,
      Past hope, past cure,
Is Penury, who, with her sister-mate
Disorder, soon brings down the loftiest state,
      And makes it desolate.        5
This truth the sage of Sparta told,
      Aristodemus old,—
“Wealth makes the man.” On him that’s poor
Proud Worth looks down, and Honor shuts the door.
 
 
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