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Through Self's Veneer: Poetry by Robert J. Nolan (drawing of two heads in profile facing each other)

 

Socrates’ Exhortation

Spurning those rewards to which most pay heed,
I only wish to know what’s true and right,
and to live and die as well as I might,
and to the limits of my power, I plead
with all to do the same, and join with me
in this endeavor, a struggle which, indeed,
surpasses any other in degree.

Follow me, and as our dialogue has shown,
I’ll take you where you will be happy here
and after death; moreover, don’t bemoan
your fate when meeting insult or a sneer,
but let them strike you, and be of good cheer,
for never can another truly hurt you,
if you pursue the discipline of virtue.

From Plato’s Gorgias

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  Through Self’s Veneer

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  About Robert J. Nolan

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  © Robert J. Nolan, 2010