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[Martial] Lib. 1. Epigr. IX.

1 FRom needless dangers timely to Retreat,
2 Speaks not our Courage small, but Prudence Great.
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3 Thus Cato still was foremost in the Fight,
4 Whilst Vict'ry (tho at distance) was in fight;
5 Yet oft the Unequal Battel he wou'd wave,
6 Wise in Retreat as in th'Engagement Brave.
7 Who of his Game, Advantage cannot make,
8 Is wise in plotting how to part the Stake.
9 Who pays his Blood for't, buys his Fame too dear
10 I wou'd have Fame, but I'd enjoy it Here.
11 Who mingles Cypress with his Lawrel Wreath,
12 Is poor, and Debtor for his Fame to Death.


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Title (in Source Edition): [Martial] Lib. 1. Epigr. IX.
Author: Nahum Tate
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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, pp. 81-82. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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