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Edita-se a novela do Orçamento;
Cresce a miséria ao povo amordaçado;
Mas os biltres do novo parlamento
Usufruem seis contos de ordenado.
E enquanto à fome o povo se estiola,
Certo santo pupilo de Loyola,
Mistura de judeu e de vilão,
Também faz o pequeno “sacrifício”
De trinta contos – só! – por seu ofício
Receber, a bem dele… e da nação.
(José Régio, 1969)]]>
And the second — she was beyond all cavil,
A model of virtue, I must confess;
And yet, alas! she was dull as the devil,
And rather a dowd in the way of dress;
Though what she was lacking in wit and beauty,
She more than made up for in “sense of duty”.
Now, suppose you must wed, and make no blunder,
And either would love you, and let you win her —
Which of the two would you choose, I wonder,
The stolid saint or the sparkling sinner?
(Robert William Service)]]>