July 01, 2004

On The Usefulness Of The Classics

From a 'Dr. Armstrong' (1846):

Read aloud resounding Homer's strain,
And wield the thunder of Demosthenes;
The chest so exercised improves its strength,
And quick vibrations through the bowels drive
The restless blood, which in inactive days
Would loiter else in unelastic tubes.

This was quoted in the late and much-missed journal Encounter in August or September 1986.

Posted by Michael Hendry at July 1, 2004 03:04 PM