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HOMER ("SMYRNS OF CHIOS")
Greek poet
(fl. 750 BC or earlier)
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The chance of war
  Is equal, and the slayer oft is slain.
      - The Iliad (bk. XVIII, l. 388),
        (Bryant's translation) [War]

Winged words.
      - The Iliad (bk. XX, 331),
        (Pope's translation) [Words]

Where'er he moves, the goddess shone before.
      - The Iliad (bk. XX, l. 127),
        (Pope's translation) [Gods]

'Tis fortune gives us birth,
  But Jove alone endues the soul with worth.
      - The Iliad (bk. XX, l. 290),
        (Pope's translation) [Worth]

Our business in the field of fight
  Is not to question, but to prove out might.
      - The Iliad (bk. XX, l. 304),
        (Pope's translation) [War]

And endless are the modes of speech, and far
  Extends from side to side the field of words.
      - The Iliad (bk. XX, l. 315),
        (Bryant's translation) [Speech]

Persuasive speech, and more persuasive sighs,
  Silence that spoke, and eloquence of eyes.
      - The Iliad (bk. XX, l. 315),
        (Bryant's translation) [Speech]

A mass enormous! which, in modern days
  No two of earth's degenerate sons could raise.
      - The Iliad (bk. XX, l. 338),
        (Pope's translation) [Strength]

The bitter dregs of Fortune's cup to drain.
      - The Iliad (bk. XX, l. 85),
        (Pope's translation) [Fortune]

The matchless Ganymede, divinely fair.
      - The Iliad (bk. XX, l.278),
        (Pope's translation) [Gods]

Toil is the lot of all, and bitter woe
  The fate of many.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXI, l. 646),
        (Bryant's translation) [Fate]

My hour at last has come;
  Yet not ingloriously or passively
    I die, but first will do some valiant deed,
      Of which mankind shall hear in after time.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXII),
        (Bryant's translation) [Deeds]

This, this is misery! the last, the worst,
  That man can feel.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXII, l. 106),
        (Pope's translation) [Misery]

No season now for calm, familiar talk.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXII, l. 169),
        (Pope's translation) [Talk]

Jove lifts the golden balances that show
  The fates of mortal men, and things below.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXII, l. 271),
        (Pope's translation) [Fate]

Forever honour'd, and forever mourn'd.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXII, l. 422),
        (Pope's translation) [Mourning]

Grief tears his heart, and drives him to and fro,
  In all the raging impotence of woe.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXII, l. 526),
        (Pope's translation) [Grief]

Sinks my sad soul with sorrow to the grave.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXII, l. 543),
        (Pope's translation) [Sorrow]

'Tis true; 'tis certain; man though dead retains
  Part of himself; the immortal mind remains.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXIII, l. 122),
        (Pope's translation) [Immortality]

Base wealth preferring to eternal praise.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXIII, l. 368),
        (Pope's translation) [Wealth]

A green old age, unconscious of decays,
  That proves the hero born in better days.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXIII, l. 925),
        (Pope's translation) [Age]

And Heaven, that every virtue bears in mind,
  E'en to the ashes of the just is kind.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXIV, l. 523),
        (Pope's translation) [Kindness]

The mildest manners with the bravest mind.
      - The Iliad (bk. XXIV, l. 963),
        (Pope's translation) [Manners]

Sing, Goddess, Achilles' rage
  Black and murderous, that cost the Greeks
    Incalculable pain, pitched countless souls
      Of heroes into Hades' dark
        And left their bodies to rot as feasts
          For dogs and birds, as Zeus' will was done.
      - The Iliad (book I), (Lombardo translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

For that man is detested by me as the gates of hell, whose outward words conceal his inmost thoughts.
      - The Iliad (IX, 312) [Speech]


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