Variant: And life is given to none freehold, but it is leasehold for all.
Variant: From the very fountain of enchantment there arises a taste of bitterness to spread anguish amongst the flowers.
Variant: In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers.
Variant: Religion can lead to such evil.
Variant: So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds.
Variant: The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by often falling.
Variant: Continual dropping wears away a stone.
Variant: The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.
Variant: Sweet it is, when on the high seas the winds are lashing the waters, to gaze from the land on another's struggles.
and for it to suffer hardship and endless pain:
this is to heave and strain to push uphill
a boulder, that still from the very top rolls back
and bounds and bounces down to the bare, broad field.
Variant: The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.
Variant: It is great wealth to a soul to live frugally with a contented mind.
in nature could stand revealed as solid matter.
The lightning of heaven goes through the walls of houses,
like shouts and speech; iron glows white in fire;
red-hot rocks are shattered by savage steam;
hard gold is softened and melted down by heat;
chilly brass, defeated by heat, turns liquid;
heat seeps through silver, so does piercing cold;
by custom raising the cup, we feel them both
as water is poured in, drop by drop, above.