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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
From the ‘Epinician Ode for Scopas’
By Simonides (c. 556–468 B.C.)
 
From a careful study of Simonides by John Sterling (Westminster Review, 1838)

A MAN can hardly good in truth become,
With hands, feet, mind, all square, without a flaw.
*        *        *        *        *
Nor suits my thought the word of Pittacus,
Though he was sage, that to be virtuous
  Is hard. This fits a god alone.        5
    A man must needs to evil fall,
  When by hopeless chance o’erthrown.
    Whoso does well, him good we call,
  And bad if bad his lot be known;
Those by the gods beloved are best of all.        10
        Enough for me in sooth
          Is one not wholly wrong,
Nor all perverse, but skilled in useful truth,—
          A healthy soul and strong:
        He has no blame from me,        15
          Who love not blame;
    For countless those who foolish be,
  And fair are all things free from shame.
    That therefore which can ne’er be found
I seek not, nor desire with empty thought,—        20
  A man all blameless, on this wide-spread ground,
’Mid all who cull its fruitage vainly sought.
    If found, ye too this prize of mine
  Shall know: meanwhile all those I love
And praise, who do no wrong by will malign;        25
  For to necessity must yield the gods above.
 
 
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