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[73] Pythagoras1 bids us stand like faithful sentries and not quit our post until God, our Captain, gives the word. Solon the Wise has a couplet in which he says that he does not want his death to be free from the grief and mourning of his friends.2 He wishes, no doubt to make out that he is dear to his friends, but I am inclined to think that Ennius has expressed it better when he says:
I do not wish the honour of a tear,
Or any wailing cries about my bier.
He does not think that death, which is followed by eternal life, should be a cause of grief.

1 Plato, Phaedo 6; Cic. Somn. Scip. 3; Cic. Tusc. i. 20.

2 Plutarch in his comparison of Solon and Publicola gives these lines.

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