Sunday, August 19, 2012


He Once Had Hope

George Crabbe, The Borough, Letter III, lines 206-212:
He once had Hope—Hope ardent, lively, light;
His Feelings pleasant, and his Prospects bright:
Eager of fame, he read, he thought, he wrote,
Weigh'd the Greek page, and added Note on Note;
At morn, at evening at his work was he,
And dream'd what his Euripides would be.
Then Care began;—he lov'd, he woo'd, he wed...
Jerome, Against Jovinian 1.47, quoting or paraphrasing Theophrastus (tr. W.H. Fremantle et al.):
A wise man therefore must not take a wife. For in the first place his study of philosophy will be hindered, and it is impossible for anyone to attend to his books and his wife.

non est ergo uxor ducenda sapienti. primum enim impediri studia philosophiae, nec posse quemquam libris et uxori pariter inservire.

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