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THEOCRITUS
Greek pastoral poet
(fl. 270 BC)

Beauty is a delightful prejudice.
      - [Beauty]

Faults are beauties in a lover's eye.
      - [Faults]

For faults are beauties in a lover's eyes.
      - [Love]

Heaven's eternal wisdom has decreed that man of man should ever stand in need.
      - [Dependence]

For the living there is hope, for the dead there is none.
      - Idyl (IV, 42) [Hope]

Cicala to cicala is dear, and ant to ant, and hawks to hawks, but to me the muse and song.
      - Idyl (IX),
        (translation by Andrew Lang), st. 2
        [Songs]

Grasshopper to grasshopper, ant to ant is dear,
  Hawks love hawks, but I the muse and song.
      - Idyl (IX),
        (translation by Maurice Thompson)
        [Songs]


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