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Thermopylae - 1903

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Thermopylae - 1903

by Constantine P. Cavafy

Honour to those who in the life they lead define and guard a Thermopylae.

Never betraying what is right, consistent and just in all they do,

but showing pity also, and compassion; generous when they're rich,

and when they're poor, still generous in small ways,

still helping as much as they can; always speaking the truth, yet without hating those who lie.

And even more honour is due to them when they foresee (as many do foresee)

that Ephialtis will turn up in the end,

that the Medes will break through after all.

 

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