lines 588-600. translated by Marie Borroff.
Then with more discourse I demurred:
“There seems small reason in this narration:
God’s justice carries across the board
Or Holy Writ is prevarication!
In the psalter of David there stands a word
Admits no cavil or disputation:
‘You render to each his just reward,
O ruler of every dispensation!’
Now he who all day kept his station,
If you to payment come in before,
Then the less, the more remuneration,
And ever alike, the less, the more.”