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March 29th, 2008, 06:11 AM


THE piercing eye of Justice bright, I sing, 1
Plac'd by the throne of heav'n's almighty king,

Perceiving thence, with vision unconfin'd,
The life and conduct of the human kind
To thee, revenge and punishment belong, 5
Chastising ev'ry deed, unjust and wrong;
Whose pow'r alone, dissimilars can join,
And from th' equality of truth combine:
For all the ill, persuasion can inspire,
When urging bad designs, with counsel dire, 10
'Tis thine alone to punish; with the race
Of lawless passions, and incentives base;
For thou art ever to the good inclin'd,
And hostile to the men of evil mind.
Come, all-propitious, and thy suppliant hear, 15
When Fate's predestin'd, final hour draws near.


193:1 Ver. i.] The piercing eye. &c. This Hymn is cited by Demosthenes in his first speech against Aristogiton, as follows: "Let us, says the orator overlooking all custom, judge righteous judgment; let us reverence Eunomia that loves equity, and preserves states; and inexorable Δικη right or justice whom Orpheus our instructor, in the most holy initiations, τελεται, places by the throne of Jove, inspecting the affairs of men. Let each of us imagine her piercing eye is now upon us, and think and vote so as not to dishonour her from whom every judge has his name."