Thursday, August 19, 2021


Among Sorrows

Homer, Iliad 24.524-526 (tr. William F. Wyatt):
For no profit comes of chill lament.
For so have the gods spun the thread for wretched mortals,
that they should live among sorrows; and they themselves are without care.

οὐ γάρ τις πρῆξις πέλεται κρυεροῖο γόοιο·
ὡς γὰρ ἐπεκλώσαντο θεοὶ δειλοῖσι βροτοῖσι
ζώειν ἀχνυμένοις· αὐτοὶ δέ τ᾽ ἀκηδέες εἰσί.

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