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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Office of Tragedy

By Timocles (Fourth Century B.C.)

MAN is a creature doomed to weary toil,

And many sorrows life itself contains.

As consolation to our anxious thoughts

Is this devised. The soul forgets her woes,

Led to oblivion by an alien grief.

With pleasure, and made wiser, she departs.

The tragic poets, then, consider well,

How much they help us….

For each who sees a trouble, heavier far

Than he has suffered, fall on other men,

Lamenteth less his own calamity.