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Homer: Mars, most unjust, most odious of all the gods

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Homer
From The Iliad
Translated by Alexander Pope

Of lawless force shall lawless Mars complain?

Of all the gods who tread the spangled skies,
Thou most unjust, most odious in our eyes!
Inhuman discord is thy dire delight,
The waste of slaughter, and the rage of fight:
No bound, no law, thy fiery temper quells,
And all thy mother in thy soul rebels.
In vain our threats, in vain our power, we use:
She gives the example, and her son pursues.

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