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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Nestor to Hector
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
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  Nestor.—I have, thou gallant Trojan, seen thee oft,
Laboring for destiny, make cruel way
Through ranks of Greekish youth: and I have seen thee,
As hot as Perseus, spur thy Phrygian steed,
Despising many forfeits and subduements,        5
When thou hast hung thy advanced sword i’ the air,
Not letting it decline on the declined:
That I have said to some my standers-by,
Lo, Jupiter is yonder, dealing life!
And I have seen thee pause, and take thy breath        10
When that a ring of Greeks have hemmed thee in,
Like an Olympian wrestling: This have I seen
But this thy countenance, still locked in steel,
I never saw till now.
    Let an old man embrace thee:        15
And, worthy warrior, welcome to our tents.

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