Fragment: 'What Men Gain Fairly'.

(Perhaps connected with that immediately preceding (Forman).—ED.)

Published by Mrs. Shelley, "Poetical Works", 1839, 2nd edition.

What men gain fairly—that they should possess,
And children may inherit idleness,
From him who earns it—This is understood;
Private injustice may be general good.
But he who gains by base and armed wrong, 
Or guilty fraud, or base compliances,
May be despoiled; even as a stolen dress
Is stripped from a convicted thief; and he
Left in the nakedness of infamy.