Two Politicians were exchanging ideas regarding the rewards for
'The reward which I most desire,' said the First Politician, 'is
the gratitude of my fellow-citizens.'
'That would be very gratifying, no doubt,' said the Second
Politician, 'but, alas! in order to obtain it one has to retire
For an instant they gazed upon each other with inexpressible
tenderness; then the First Politician murmured, 'God's will be
done! Since we cannot hope for reward, let us be content with what
And lifting their right hands from the public treasury they swore
to be content.