The gains of labour, and loss due to languor, Are both outcomes of fate. Adverse fate befools, and when time serves A harmless fate expands knowledge. A man may have studied many subtle works, But what survives is his innate wisdom. The world ordains two different ways: Acquiring wealth is one, attaining wisdom another. In business dealings, fate can turn All good things bad and even bad good. What is not naturally ours cannot be got, Nor what is natural, ejected. Except as disposed by the Disposer, Even millions amassed may not be enjoyed. That the destitute have not renounced Is because fate has not relieved them of their share. Why do those who take good luck in their stride, Struggle when encountered with bad? What is there mightier than fate? For it overtakes us In spite of our plans to overcome it.