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.