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

Anonymous
 
WHAT 1 path of life may one hold? In the market-place are strifes and hard dealings, in the house cares; in the country labour enough, and at sea terror; and abroad, if thou hast aught, fear, and if thou art in poverty, vexation. Art married? thou wilt not be without anxieties; unmarried? thy life is yet lonelier. Children are troubles; a childless life is a crippled one. Youth is foolish, and grey hairs again feeble. In the end then the choice is of one of these two, either never to be born, or, as soon as born, to die.  1
 
Note 1. Greek Anthology. From Mackail, p. 278. His translations. The first is ascribed to Posidippus, the answer to Metrodorus, both probably of the Alexandrine school, 2nd cent. B. C. [back]
 
 
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