Sunday, April 14, 2013


Why Cringe and Bow?

Paul Elmer More (1864-1937), A Century of Indian Epigrams, Chiefly from the Sanskrit of Bhartrihari (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1899), p. 112 (no. LXXXIX):
Are there no caverns in the mountains left?
Are all the forest boughs of leaves bereft
And mellowing fruit? are the wild cataracts still
    On every lonely hill?

Why haunt the servile press? or cringe and bow
To win the nod of some majestic brow
That wears for honor the low insolence
    Of wealth—how got and whence?

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