Sunday, August 31, 2008

The bitterness and pain of life


The men of old times had little sense;
If you called them fools you wouldn't be far wrong.
They invented songs, and all the sweetness of music,
To perform at feasts, banquets, and celebrations;
But no one thought of using
Songs and stringed instruments
To banish the bitterness and pain of life.

Euripides, Medea (180-213)
(translated by Philip Vellacott)

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