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Poetry

Ideal and beloved voices of those who are dead, or of those who are lost to us like the dead. Sometimes they speak to us in our dreams; sometimes in thought the mind hears them. And with their sound for a moment return other sounds from the first poetry of our...

AEQUAM MEMENTO To keep the soul serene even when we come upon The arduous, and yet remain moderately unmoved When gifts roll in, well, that's my advice for you, Friend Dellius, for you are mortal too. Evenness is good, Whether disasters make Everything crooked, or whether you Can enjoy Sipping, while you...

I counted my years and realized that I have less time to live by, than I have lived so far. I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first, he ate them with pleasure but when he realized that there was little...

He didn’t know, King Kleomenis, he didn’t dare— he just didn’t know how to tell his mother a thing like that: Ptolemy’s demand, to guarantee their treaty, that she too go to Egypt and be held there as a hostage— a very humiliating, indecorous thing. And he would be about to...

Where are those tears in your eyes, my child? How horrid of them to be always scolding you for nothing! You have stained your fingers and face with ink while writing- is that why they call you dirty? O, fie! Would they dare to call the full moon dirty...

And since he thought it beautiful for each to be in another's embrace the large watering troughs filled with love the cattle lowered their heads gently, oxen and cows as though the world held no temptations as though knives were yet unknown "To endure peace you need strength," he said and circling...

A poor lad once and a lad so trim Gave his love to her that loved not him. And says she, "fetch me tonight you rogue" Your mother's heart to feed my dog! To his mother's house went that young man Killed her, and took the heart, and ran. And as...

And you judges who would be just, What judgement pronounce you upon him who though honest in the flesh yet is the thief in spirit? What penalty lay you upon him who slays in the flesh yet is himself slain in the spirit? And how prosecute you him...

Out of talk, appearance, and manners I will make an excellent suit of armor; and in this way I will face malicious people without feeling the slightest fear or weakness. They will try to injure me. But of those who come near me none will know where to find my wounds,...

Though you with line and color excel, securing for art such laurels as great nature wore, even better, you've gained on her, by making more beautiful her own beauty for our sake; and now, with that studious pen in hand, you take a nobler role, composing, page by page, works that...

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