"Envy" is the second song of Robert Beaser's song cycle Seven Deadly Sins.

by Anthony Hecht

When, to a popular tune, God's Mercy and Justice
Coagulate here again,
Establishing in tissue the True Republic
Of good looks to all men
And victuals and wit and the holy sloth of the lily,
Thou shalt not toil nor spin.

Source: from The Hard Hours by Anthony Hecht, 1967.

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