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HOMER ("SMYRNS OF CHIOS")
Greek poet
(fl. 750 BC or earlier)
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For love deceives the best of woman kind.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XV, l. 463),
        (Pope's translation) [Love]

Who love too much, hate in the like extreme.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XV, l. 79),
        (Pope's translation) [Love]

True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd,
  Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XV, l. 83),
        (Pope's translation) [Hospitality]

And would'st thou evil for his good repay?
      - The Odyssey (bk. XVI, l. 448),
        (Pope's translation) [Retaliation]

Whatever day
  Makes man a slave, takes half his worth away.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XVII, l. 392),
        (Pope's translation) [Slavery]

In every sorrowing soul I pour'd delight,
  And poverty stood smiling in my sight.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XVII, l. 505),
        (Pope's translation) [Philanthropy]

Unbless'd thy hand!--if in this low disguise
  Wander, perhaps, some inmate of the skies.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XVII, l. 570),
        (Pope's translation) [Angels]

Know from the bounteous heavens all riches flow;
  And what man gives, the gods by man bestow.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XVIII, l. 26),
        (Pope's translation) [Wealth]

Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow
  For other's good, and melt at other's woe.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XVIII, l. 269),
        (Pope's translation) [Sympathy]

The fool of fate, thy manufacture, man.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XX, l. 254),
        (Pope's translation) [Man]

For dear to gods and men is sacred song.
  Self-taught I sing; by Heaven and Heaven alone,
    The genuine seed of poesy are sown.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XXII, l. 382),
        (Pope's translation) [Poetry]

So ends the bloody business of the day.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XXII, l. 516),
        (Pope's translation) [War]

The fiction pleased; our generous train complies,
  Nor fraud mistrusts in virtue's fair disguise.
    The work she plyed, but, studious of delay,
      Each following night reversed the toils of day.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XXIV, l. 164),
        (Pope's translation) [Work]

And rest at last where souls unbodied dwell,
  In ever-flowing meads of Asphodel.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XXIV, l. 19),
        (Pope's translation) [Soul]

The ruins of himself! now worn away
  With age, yet still majestic in decay.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XXIV, l. 2271),
        (Pope's translation) [Ruin]

And o'er the past oblivion stretch her wing.
      - The Odyssey (bk. XXIV, l. 557),
        (Pope's translation) [Oblivion]

(Orion) A hunter of shadows, himself a shade.
      - The Odyssey (II, 572) [Shadows]

It is not right to exult over slain men.
      - The Odyssey (XII, 412),
        quoted by John Morley in a speech during the Boer War
        [War]


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