For those that fly may fight again, Which he can never do that s slain.1
Hudibras. Part iii. Canto iii. Line 243.
Note 1. Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield. Natures, not honours, law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away, And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life, which valour could not, from the grave. A better buckler I can soon regain; But who can get another life again? Archilochus: Fragm. 6. (Quoted by Plutarch, Customs of the Lacedæmonians.)
Sed omissis quidem divinis exhortationibus illum magis Græcum versiculum secularis sententiæ sibi adhibent, Qui fugiebat, rursus prliabitur: ut et rursus forsitan fugiat (But overlooking the divine exhortations, they act rather upon that Greek verse of worldly significance, He who flees will fight again, and that perhaps to betake himself again to flight).Tertullian: De Fuga in Persecutione, c. 10.
The corresponding Greek, [greek], is ascribed to Menander. See Fragments (appended to Aristophanes in Didots Bib. Græca,) p. 91.
That same man that runnith awaie Maie again fight an other daie. Erasmus: Apothegms, 1542 (translated by Udall).
Celuy qui fuit de bonne heure Peut combattre derechef (He who flies at the right time can fight again). Satyre Menippée (1594).
Qui fuit peut revenir aussi; Qui meurt il nen est pas ainsi (He who flies can also return; but it is not so with him who dies). Scarron (16101660).
He that fights and runs away May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain Will never rise to fight again. Ray: History of the Rebellion (1752), p. 48.
For he who fights and runs away May live to fight another day; But he who is in battle slain Can never rise and fight again. Oliver Goldsmith: The Art of Poetry on a New Plan (1761), vol. ii. p. 147. [back]