111 – 120: Equity

Equity is supreme virtue 111
It is to give each man his due.
Wealth of the man of equity 112
Grows and lasts to posterity.
Though profitable, turn away 113
From unjust gains without delay.
The worthy and the unworthy 114
Are seen in their posterity.
Loss and gain by cause arise; 115
Equal mind adorns the wise.
Of perdition let him be sure 116
Who leaves justice to sinful lure.
The just reduced to poverty 117
Is not held down by equity.
Like balance holding equal scales 118
A well poised mind is jewel of the wise.
Justice is upright, unbending 119
And free from crooked word-twisting.
A trader’s trade prospers fairly 120
When his dealings are neighbourly.

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