Absence of Envy
Deem virtuous that heart of men Who by nature are not jealous. No blessing is so great as a nature That is free from all envy. One who eyes the growth of others with envy Forfeits the wealth of virtue. Those who know the woes of evil deeds, Dare not do wrong out of envy. The envious need no other foes; Their envy is more than enough. A man who envies charitable deeds Will see his folk perish - naked and starving. The goddess of fortune departs the envious, Introducing him to her elder sister. That sin called envy slays fortune And leads one to the swirl pool of evil. The prosperity of the envious And the poverty of the righteous will be pondered. None has gained through envy, Nor have the un-envious ever lost.