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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
From the Odyssey

Homer (fl. 850 B.C.)
 
.. I THANK 1 thee, Lord Amphinomus, and since
I see thee like thy father, wise and good,
Old Nisus of Dulichium, I will say
What thrice thou hast refused to hear: Attend.
  Of all that moves and breathes upon the earth        5
Nothing is found more unstable than man.
Awhile his spirit within him is gay, his limbs
Light, and he saith, No ill shall overtake me.
Then evil comes: and lo! he beareth it
Patiently, in its turn as God provides.        10
So I too once looked to be ever happy
And gave the rein to wantonness, and now—
Thou seest me….
 
Note 1. Homer. Odyss. [Sigma]. 125. Tr. from R. Bridges’s ‘Ulysses’, Act IV. 312 and 313. Pascal. From the ‘Pensées’. [back]
 
 
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