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

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HOLD 1 every path of life. In the market-place are honours and prudent dealings, in the house rest; in the country the charm of nature, and at sea gain; and abroad, if thou hast aught, glory, and if thou art in poverty, thou alone knowest it. Art married? so will thine household be best; unmarried? thy life is yet lighter. Children are darlings; a childless life is an unanxious one: youth is strong, and grey hairs again reverend. The choice is not then of one of the two, either never to be born or to die; for all things are good in life.  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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