Timon. Zeus. Hermes. Plutus. Poverty. Gnathonides. Philiades. Demeas. Thrasycles. Blepsias.
Tim. O Zeus, thou arbiter of friendship, protector of the guest, preserver of fellowship, lord of the hearth, launcher of the lightning, avenger of oaths, compeller of clouds, utterer of thunder (and pray add any other epithets; those cracked poets have plenty ready, especially when they are in difficulties with their scansion; then it is that a string of your names saves the situation and fills up the metrical gaps), O Zeus, where is now your resplendent lightning, where your deep-toned thunder, where the glowing, white-hot, direful bolt? we know now 'tis all fudge and poetic moonshine--barring what value may attach to the rattle of the names. That renowned projectile of yours, which ranged so far and was so ready to your hand, has gone dead and cold, it seems; never a spark left in it to scorch iniquity.
|If men are meditating perjury, a smouldering lamp-wick is as||2|
|When you were young and keen, and your temper had some||3|
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Publication information: Book title: The Works of Lucian of Samosata:Complete with Exceptions Specified in the Preface. Volume: 1. Contributors: F. G. Fowler - Translator, Lucian - Author, H. W. Fowler - Translator. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford, England. Publication year: 1905. Page number: 31.
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