Quote of the day–Ambrose Bierce

Once Law was sitting on the bench
        And Mercy knelt a-weeping.
“Clear out!” he cried, “disordered wench!
        Nor come before me creeping.
Upon you knees if you appear,
‘Tis plain you have no standing here.”

Then Justice came.  His Honor cried:
        “YOUR states? — Devil seize you!”
“Amica curiae,” she replied —
        “Friend of the court, so please you.”
“Begone!” he shouted — “There’s the door —
I never saw your face before!”

Ambrose Bierce
The Devil’s Dictionary