Envy is the basest of human passions.
It might well be impersonated as a lurking assassin, dagger in hand, haunting the darkest chambers of the soul; disguised, too, with iron mask, to conceal, as best it may, its own vile features and malignant thoughts.
The Bible speaks of envy as one of a dastard, unlovely triad..."envyings, murders, drunkenness."
It is a miniature hell wherever the foul fiend of envy has been allowed to intrude.
Hence no nobler moral victory, yet no more difficult one can there be, than exorcizing this demon of the abyss, tortured and maddened by the sight of goodness it cannot reach, its impotence to tear the wreath honorably won from brows better and worthier than its own, and turn it into ashes.
From envy, hatred, malice, and all uncharitableness, Lord, deliver us!