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THE LAW, by            
First Line: In your own hands your future lies
Last Line: You set the price, fate in your own coin paid!
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Law & Lawyers; Work; Workers

In your own hands your future lies,
By your own acts you mould life as you will.
Yours is the task, though all unskilled or wise,
Yours is the pay for work done well or ill.

Dare you unfairly fight the weaker in the race?
Shall you presume to win by rival's loss?
To reach your goal, usurp another's place?
Or drive one nail in any mortal's cross?

To him who coldly mars another's worthy plan
Reprisal comes in kind, fate will repay!
You win by aiding every striving man,
Fall back when you attempt to bar the way.

You drink today from chalice that you filled;
Bitter or sweet the draught by you was made;
The fatalist may say: " 'Twas destiny that willed—"
You set the price, fate in your own coin paid!

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