Robert Bridges, ed. (18441930). The Spirit of Man: An Anthology. 1916.
Discourses, I. xvi
Epictetus (c. 50c. 138)
WHAT1 else can I do, a lame old man [Epictetus], but sing hymns to God? If then I were a nightingale, I would do the nightingales part; if I were a swan, I would do as a swan. But now I am a rational creature, and I ought to praise God: this is my work; I do it, nor will I desert my post, so long as I am allowed to keep it: and I exhort you to join in this same song.