Strange that the godless prosper

Poem by Sophocles
STRANGE is it that the godless, who have sprung
From evil-doers, should fare prosperously,
While good men, born of noble stock, should be
By adverse fortune vexed. It was ill done
For the gods thus to order lives of men.
What ought to be is this, that godly souls
Should from the gods gain some clear recompense
And the unjust pay some clear penalty;
So none would prosper who are base of soul.

Translated by E.H. Plumptre
(Contributed by ivan on Friday, February 4th, 2011)
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