Quotation by Herman Melville

Indolence is heaven's ally here,
And energy the child of hell:
The Good Man pouring from his pitcher clear
But brims the poisoned well.
Herman Melville (1819–1891), U.S. poet, novelist. Fragments of a Lost Gnostic Poem of the Twelfth Century (l. 5–8). . .

Selected Poems of Herman Melville. Hennig Cohen, ed. (1991) Fordham University Press.
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