COVET

COVETv.i. To desire that which the owner wickedly withholds.


Thou shalt not covet thy friend’s wife,
For she would bring thee naught but strife.
Nor shalt thou with a wish too fervent
Covet (unless she’s fair) his servant;
Nor yet his horse, nor ox, nor ass,
For fear that it should come to pass
That they — unless you’ve pasture lands —
Should eat their heads off on your hands.
Covet not aught, lest it should lead
You to commit some thieving deed.
Supply your wants a better way:
Buy what you need — and never pay.
—Revised Edition