Thursday, October 19, 2017
If to hate is pain and to love is pain, of the two evilsGreek ἕλκος is cognate with Latin ulcus, -eris.
I choose the smart of kind pain.
εἰ μισεῖν πόνος ἐστί, φιλεῖν πόνος, ἐκ δύο λυγρῶν
αἱροῦμαι χρηστῆς ἕλκος ἔχειν ὀδύνης.
The same, tr. Alistair Elliot:
If hate is painful and if love's a pain,The same, tr. Daryl Hine:
I'll choose the wound that is not quite in vain.
Since hating's a bore and loving is a bore,
I like the nicer of two boredoms more.