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HOMER ("SMYRNS OF CHIOS")
Greek poet
(fl. 750 BC or earlier)
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He slept an iron sleep,--
  Slain fighting for his country.
      - The Iliad (bk. XI, l. 285),
        (Bryant's translation) [Death : Soldiers]

The rest were vulgar deaths unknown to fame.
      - The Iliad (bk. XI, l. 394),
        (Pope's translation) [Fame]

Without a sign his sword the brave man draws,
  And asks no omen but his country's cause.
      - The Iliad (bk. XII, l. 283),
        (Pope's translation) [Bravery]

The life, which others pay, let us bestow,
  And give to fame what we to nature owe.
      - The Iliad (bk. XII, l. 393),
        (Pope's translation) [Fame]

Light is the task when many share the toil.
      - The Iliad (bk. XII, l. 493),
        (Bryant's translation) [Help : Work]

Take thou thy arms and come with me,
  For we must quit ourselves like men, and strive
    To air our cause, although we be but two.
      Great is the strength of feeble arms combined,
        And we can combat even with the brave.
      - The Iliad (bk. XIII, l. 289),
        (Bryant's translation) [War]

The best things beyond their measure cloy.
      - The Iliad (bk. XIII, l. 795),
        (Pope's translation) [Discontent]

In saffron-colored mantle from the tides
  Of Oceans rose the Morning to bright light
    TO gods and men.
      - The Iliad (bk. XIX, l. 1),
        (Bryant's translation) [Morning]

Ah, youth! forever dear, forever kind.
      - The Iliad (bk. XIX, l. 303),
        (Pope's translation) [Youth]

Accept these grateful tears! for thee thy flow,
  For thee, that ever felt another's woe!
      - The Iliad (bk. XIX, l. 319),
        (Pope's translation) [Tears]

Heroes as great have died, and yet shall fall.
      - The Iliad (bk. XV, l. 157),
        (Pope's translation) [Heroes]

Then let him know that hatred without end
  Or intermission is between us two.
      - The Iliad (bk. XV, l. 270),
        (Bryant's translation) [Hatred]

And for our country 'tis a bliss to die.
      - The Iliad (bk. XV, l. 583),
        (Pope's translation) [Patriotism]

Bursts as a wave that from the clouds impends,
  And swell'd with tempests on the ship descends;
    White are the decks with foam; the winds aloud
      Howl o'er the masts, and sing through every shroud:
        Pale, trembling, tir'd, the sailors freeze with fears;
          And instant death on every wave appears.
      - The Iliad (bk. XV, l. 752),
        (Pope's translation) [Storms]

O friends, be men; so act that none may feel
  Ashamed to meet the eyes of other men.
    Think each one of this children and his wife,
      His home, his parents, living yet and dead.
        For them, the absent ones, I supplicate,
          And bid you rally here, and scorn to fly.
      - The Iliad (bk. XV, l. 843),
        (Bryant's translation) [Bravery]

Like strength is felt from hope, and from despair.
      - The Iliad (bk. XV, l. 853),
        (Pope's translation) [Strength]

Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspir'd.
      - The Iliad (bk. XVI, l. 267),
        (Pope's translation) [Friends]

Then Sleep and Death, two twins of winged race,
  Of matchless swiftness, but of silent pace.
      - The Iliad (bk. XVI, l. 831),
        (Pope's translation) [Sleep]

Yet verily these issues lie on the lap of the gods.
      - The Iliad (bk. XVII, 514) [Gods]

He is a fool
  Who only sees the mischiefs that are past.
      - The Iliad (bk. XVII, l. 39),
        Bryant's translation [Folly]

I too
  Will cast the spear and leave the rest to Jove.
      - The Iliad (bk. XVII, l. 622),
        (Bryant's translation) [Trust]

Dispel this cloud, the light of heaven restore;
  Give me to see, and Ajax asks no more.
      - The Iliad (bk. XVII, l. 730),
        (Pope's translation) [Blindness]

The mildest manners and the greatest heart.
      - The Iliad (bk. XVII, l. 756),
        (Pope's translation) [Gentleness]

In death a hero, as in life a friend!
      - The Iliad (bk. XVII, l. 758),
        (Pope's translation) [Character]

I live an idle burden to the ground.
      - The Iliad (bk. XVIII, l. 134),
        (Pope's translation) [Idleness]


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