Poems by Theognis of Megara

Poems by Theognis of Megara

Angry Words, by Theognis of Megara

Rash, angry words, and spoken out of season,
When passion has usurp'd the throne of reason,
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An Avenger for the State, by Theognis of Megara

Our state is pregnant; shortly to produce
A rude avenger of prolong'd abuse.
The commons hither...

Beware Crafty Minds, by Theognis of Megara

Let no persuasive art tempt you to place
Your confidence in crafty minds and base!
How can it a...

Easy Friends, by Theognis of Megara

Never engage with a poltroon or craven--
Avoid him, Kurnus, as a treach'rous haven!
These fri...

An Even Line, by Theognis of Megara

I walk by rule and measure, and incline
To neither side, but take an even line;
Fix'd in a s...

Fame, by Theognis of Megara

The generous and the brave, in common fame,
From time to time encounter praise or blame:
The...

Fate, by Theognis of Megara

No costly sacrifice nor offerings given
Can change the purpose of the powers of Heaven;
Whatev...

Hope, by Theognis of Megara

For human nature Hope remains alone
Of all the deities; the rest are flown.
Faith is departed; ...

Human Nature, by Theognis of Megara

Learn, Kurnus, learn to bear an easy mind;
Accommodate your humour to mankind
And human natu...

The Insolence of Wealth, by Theognis of Megara

The gods send Insolence, to lead astray
The man whom Fortune and the Fates betray,
Predestine...

Learning and Wealth, by Theognis of Megara

Learning and wealth the wise and wealthy find
Inadequate to satisfy the mind--
A craving eagern...

On Arranged Marriage, by Theognis of Megara

The daily marriages we make,
Where price is everything: for money's sake
Men marry; women are ...

On Inborn Traits, by Theognis of Megara

To rear a child is easy, but to teach
Morals and manners is beyond our reach;
To make the foo...

The Poet and His Muse, by Theognis of Megara

You soar aloft, and over land and wave
Are borne triumphant on the wings I gave,
The swift an...

Poverty, by Theognis of Megara

For noble minds, the worst of miseries,
Worse than old age, or wearisome disease,
Is Povert...