Hesiod, and Theognis

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W. Blackwood & Sons, 1873 - Didactic poetry, Greek - 166 pages
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Page 140 - Our lives are rivers, gliding free To that unfathomed, boundless sea, The silent grave ! Thither all earthly pomp and boast Roll, to be swallowed up and lost In one dark wave. Thither the mighty torrents stray, Thither the brook pursues its way, And tinkling rill. There all are equal. Side by side The poor man and the son of pride Lie calm and still.
Page 76 - Here she was wont to go ! and here ! and here ! Just where those daisies, pinks, and violets grow . The world may find the spring by following her, For other print her airy steps ne'er left. Her treading would not bend a blade of grass, Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk ! But like the soft west wind she shot along, And where she went, the flowers took thickest root, As she had sowed them with her odorous foot.
Page 75 - E'en the slight harebell raised its head, Elastic from her airy tread : What though upon her speech there hung The accents of the mountain tongue, — Those silver sounds, so soft, so dear, The listener held his breath to hear.
Page 144 - Of truth or honour ! Out of such a throng (For any difficulties, any need, For any bold design or manly deed) Never imagine you can choose a just Or steady friend, or faithful in his trust. But change your habits ! let them go their way ! Be condescending, affable, and gay ! Adopt with every man the style and tone Most courteous and congenial with his own...
Page 26 - Her aspect fair as Goddesses above, A virgin's likeness with the brows of love. He bade Minerva teach the...
Page 30 - Pass through the midst and bend th' all-seeing eye: The men who grind the poor, who wrest the right, Awless of Heaven's revenge, are naked to their sight. For thrice ten thousand holy Demons rove This breathing world, the delegates of Jove. Guardians of man, their glance alike surveys The upright judgments, and th
Page 30 - Earth-wandering daemons, they their charge began, The ministers of good and guards of man : Veiled with a mantle of aerial night, O'er earth's wide space they wing their hovering flight...
Page 26 - Then, by the winged messenger of Heaven, The name PANDORA to the maid was given : For all the Gods conferred a gifted grace To crown this mischief of the mortal race. The Sire commands the winged herald bear The finish'd nymph, th' inextricable snare: To Epimetheus was the present brought ; Prometheus...
Page 138 - Esculapius, if their art Could remedy a perverse and wicked heart, Might earn enormous wages! But in fact, The mind is not compounded and compact Of precept and example; human Art In human Nature has no share or part Hatred of Vice, the fear of Shame and Sin Are things of native growth, not grafted in : Else wise and worthy parents might correct In children's hearts each error and defect ; Whereas, we see them disappointed stilly No scheme nor artifice of human skill Can rectify the passions or the...
Page 152 - A speechless messenger, the beacon's light, Announces danger from the mountain's height! Bridle your horses and prepare to fly: The final crisis of our fate is nigh ! A momentary pause, a narrow space Detains them, but the foes approach apace ! We must abide what fortune has decreed, And hope that heaven will help us at our need. Make your resolve ! at home your means are great; Abroad you will retain a poor estate, Unostentatious, indigent, and scant, Yet live secure, at least from utter want.

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