Sunday, November 21, 2021
Hesiod, Works and Days
410-413 (tr. M.L. West):
Do not put things off
tomorrow and the next day. A man of ineffectual labour,
a postponer, does not
fill his granary:
it is application
that promotes your cultivation, whereas a postponer
of labour is constantly wrestling with Blights.
μηδ᾽ ἀναβάλλεσθαι ἔς τ᾽ αὔριον ἔς τε ἔνηφιν·
οὐ γὰρ ἐτωσιοεργὸς ἀνὴρ πίμπλησι καλιὴν
οὐδ᾽ ἀναβαλλόμενος· μελέτη δέ τοι ἔργον ὀφέλλει·
αἰεὶ δ᾽ ἀμβολιεργὸς ἀνὴρ Ἄτῃσι παλαίει.