Oedipus the King

Moral of Warning

Don’t be deceived, oh world

As was done in the play

Of Oedipus the King,

About a man thought mighty.

The chorus did call out

And their voices resounded:

“Never will I convict my king,

Never in my heart.”

This claim, this oath, this promise,

Although with confidence was spoken,

Turned out to have been wishful thinking

For the king, indeed, was guilty–true.

Yea, wealth creates no ruler

Of adoration deserved.

Yea, power cannot define a man

But a man it can pervert.

Caution should be adhered to,

‘Specially toward one in command.

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