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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Office of Tragedy
By Timocles (Fourth Century B.C.)
 
MAN is a creature doomed to weary toil,
And many sorrows life itself contains.
As consolation to our anxious thoughts
Is this devised. The soul forgets her woes,
Led to oblivion by an alien grief.        5
With pleasure, and made wiser, she departs.
The tragic poets, then, consider well,
How much they help us….
For each who sees a trouble, heavier far
Than he has suffered, fall on other men,        10
Lamenteth less his own calamity.
 
 
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