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MAMMON
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No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 24)

I rose up at the dawn of day,--
  "Get thee away! get thee away!
    Pray'st thou for riches? Away, away!
      This is the throne of Mammon grey."
      - William Blake, Mammon

Maidens, like moths, are ever caught, by glare,
  And Mammon wins his way where seraphs might despair.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto I, st. 9)

Cursed Mammon be, when he with treasures
  To restless action spurs our fate!
    Cursed when for soft, indulgent leisures,
      He lays for us the pillows straight.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

Mammon led them on--
  Mammon, the least erected Spirit that fell
    From Heaven: for even in Heaven his looks and thoughts
      Were always downward bent, admiring more
        The riches of Heaven's pavement, trodden gold,
          Than aught divine or holy else enjoyed
            In vision beatific.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 678)

Who sees pale Mammom pine amidst his store,
  Sees but a backward steward for the poor.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. III, l. 171)

What treasures here do Mammon's sons behold!
  Yet know that all that which glitters is not gold.
      - Francis Quarles, Emblems
         (bk. II, emblem V)


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