Solon’s Hymn to the Muses

Resplendent daughters of Mnemosyne and Olympian Zeus, Pierian Mousai, hearken to my prayer. Grant that I have prosperity from the blessed gods and a good reputation always from all men; grant that in these circumstances I be sweet to my friends and bitter to my enemies, viewed with respect by the former and with dread by the latter. — Greek Elegaic Solon, Fragment 13

 

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