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Pindar

Posted on December 9, 2011 by aks


I am following Camus to Pindar in the opening lines of Camus’ book Myth of Sisyphus. Here is one more excerpt from the Pythian iii — the last lines of the poem:

I will be small among the small,
great among the great.
The spirit embracing me
from moment to moment I will cultivate,
as I can and as I ought.
And if the gods bestow
abundant wealth on me, then I will hope
to find high glory in days to come.
We know of Nestor and Lykian Sarpedon
from resonant words, such as skilled craftsmen of songs
have welded together.
It is radiant poetry
that makes virtue long-lived,
but for few is the making easy.