O Blessed Equity, mankind’s delight,
The eternal friend of conduct just and right:
Abundant, venerable, honored maid,
To judgments pure dispensing constant aid,
And conscience stable, and an upright mind;
For men unjust by thee are undermined,
Whose souls perverse thy bondage ne’er desire,
But more untamed decline thy scourges dire.
Harmonious, friendly power, averse to strife,
In peace rejoicing, and a stable life:
Lovely, convivial, of a gentle mind,
Hating excess, to equal deeds inclined:
Wisdom and virtue, of whatever degree,
Receive their proper bound alone in thee.
Hear, Goddess Equity, the deeds destroy
Of evil men, which human life annoy;
That all may yield to thee of mortal birth,
Whether supported by the fruits of earth,
Or in her kindly fertile bosom found,
or in the depths of marine Jove profound.