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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Courage
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 

                        TO be furious
Is to be frighted out of fear; and, in that mood,
The dove will peck the ostrich; and I see still
A diminution in our captain’s brain
Restores his heart. When valor preys on reason,        5
It eats the sword it fights with.
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(From Antony and Cleopatra.)

  Enobarbus.—Mine honesty and I begin to square
The loyalty, well held to fools, does make
Our faith mere folly;
            Yet, he that can endure
To follow with allegiance a fallen lord,        10
Does conquer him that did his master conquer,
And earns a place in the story.
 
 
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