Success is man’s god.
- But, as a beam balances, so
- Sudden disasters wait, to strike
- Some in the brightness, some in gloom
Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might.
- The gods know, and we call upon the gods; they know
- How we are spun in circles like seafarers, in
- What storms. But if we are to win, and our ship live,
- From one small seed could burgeon an enormous tree.
Dreaming is a light pastime, of fortune more golden than gold.
For a deadly blow let him pay with a deadly blow; it is for him who has done a deed to suffer.
- The female force, the desperate
- Love crams its resisted way
- On marriage and the dark embrace
- Of brute beasts, of mortal men.
What is pleasanter than the tie of host and guest?
Time brings all things to pass.
- Of what thing can we speak, and strike more close,
- Than of the sorrows they who bore us have given...
- For we are bloody like the wolf
- And savage born from the savage mother.
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