The Law

LAW, n.

        Once Law was sitting on the bench,
            And Mercy knelt a-weeping.
        "Clear out!" he cried, "disordered wench!
            Nor come before me creeping.
        Upon your knees if you appear,
        'Tis plain you have no standing here."
        Then Justice came.  His Honor cried:
            "Your status? -- 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.