Whoever dares his own self to exult,
And has his face ground hard upon the dirt,
Is none the more hubristic than the cult
Of prideful persons who inflict the hurt; Herodotus explained: “The gods permit No man to hold himself in higher stead, Than they do hold themselves,” and so, to wit,
The braggarts all are justly stricken dead,
Or cast adrift upon Odyssian seas
To wander aimlessly or else to drown;
Once-mighty empires finish on their knees:
What kingdom, great republic, wealthy town
Or personage anticipates the day
When Nemesis will earn her modest pay?
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