In vain may heroes fight, and patriots rave;
If secret gold sap on from knave to knave.
Blest paper-credit! last and best supply!
That lends corruption lighter wings to fly!
A single leaf shall waft an army o'er,
Or ship off senates to a distant shore;
Pregnant with thousands flits the scrap unseen,
And silent sells a king, or buys a queen.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)