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FOURTEEN PLEASURES

a man
or his goods
are consumed
by flame
and the law
will respond
by prescribing
pain

a man or his goods are consumed by flame
and the law will respond by dispensing pain
in legislating pleasure for the common rule
the only tool of the law is inflicting pain
these simple pleasures in number fourteen
compound in value by extending their reach
these simple pains are only twelve
compounding harm as they touch us each

for money
for money you gratify
a man's hatred by putting to death
his adversary
for money you plough his field
you rob a man, he prosecutes you
out of resentment you set upon him
and hang him with your own hands

a man
or his goods
are consumed
by flame
by pleasure
by pain