Thursday, May 13 1756

At home all day…In reading Homer’s Odyssey, I think the character which Menelaus gives Telemachus of Ulysses, when he is speaking of his war-like virtues in the 4th book, is very good.

“Heroes in various climes myself have found…

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Wise to resolve and patient to perform.”

And again Telemachus says in the 395th line:

“’Inclement fate! ‘Telemachus replies,

‘Frail is the boasted attribute of wise.’”

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