This reminds me of an anonymous Elizabethan verse which I cite from memory:


‘Lift up thy heart and courage eke,

Be bold and of good cheer;

For Fortune most doth favour those

Who all things least do fear.’


So, go forth and fear not!

This is from Logue’s muscular rendition of a few books of the Iliad, a slim volume jam-packed with dazzling quotations and metaphors – for an illustrated selection see the bestellar review.

‘Fate’s sister, Fortune, favours those

Who keep their nerve.’


Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 154

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