Stand Unflinching

Homer, The Iliad. Trans. E. V. Rieu, (New York: Penguin Books, 1950), XI.394-:

Left to himself without a single Argive to support him, now that all were panic-stricken, even the renowned Odysseus was perturbed and took counsel with his indomitable soul. ‘What,’ he asked himself with a groan, ‘is coming to me next? It would be infamy to take to my heels, scared by the odds against me; but even more unpleasant to be caught alone, now that Zeus has set all the rest of the Danaans on the run. But why do I discuss the point? Do I not know that cowards leave their post, whereas the man who claims to lead is on duty bound to stand unflinching and to kill or die?’

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