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Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Quote from the Gods

Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:

"To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods,

Thomas Babbington Macaulay,
Lays of Ancient Rome

Beaverbrook, with thanks to the Gods of the Copybook Headings

4 comments:

cawp said...

It's something of a scandal that the Lays are not available in a cheap, modern, mainstream edition (Penguin classics or otherwise). Fine poetry; at least fine verse; definitely no similarity with the ghastly introverted, unskilled, immoderate, arrogant, facile, unenjoyable 'poetry' of today.

Publius said...

Actually I was quoting from The Wordsworth Poetry Library's edition of The Works of Lord Macaulay. I picked it up at Chapters' Bargain Book section. Less than four dollars, I think. In my experience the cheaper and older the book, the better.

Publius

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

cawp said...

Oh. How interesting. Must confess I have never heard of Chapters in the UK, but shall poke around.

The Monarchist said...

I'm afraid Chapters is a Canadian retail outlet, now owned by Indigo. Don't think you'll find it anywhere in the UK, cawp. But keep poking.