Theognis

(540 BC - 480 BC / Greece)

Fragments - Lines 0173 - 0178


Of all things it is poverty that most subdues a noble man,
More even than hoary old age, Kyrnos, or fever;
Indeed, to avoid it one should even throw oneself into the sea's
Deep gulfs, Kyrnos, or off sheer cliffs.
For the man subdued by poverty can neither say
Nor do anything, because his tongue is tied.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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