Oliver Goldsmith ( 1730 - 1774 ) was an author of prose, poetry and drama. His novel, The Vicar of Wakefield, and his stage drama, She Stoops to Conquer, are two of his best known works.
This poem, The Traveller, written in 1764, is a favorite of mine. Although Goldsmith wrote this 238 years ago, the same economic and social problems still exits today.
I think these lines of his are worth noting:
Where wealth and freedom reign, contentment fails,
And honor sinks where commerce long prevails.
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