„You may think, passer-by, that Fate
Is a pit-fall outside of yourself,
Around which you may walk by the use of foresight
And wisdom.“

" Lyman King http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/lyman-king/"

Última atualização 22 de Maio de 2020. História
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