And Theophrastus, in his book on Love, says that Chseremon the tragedian said in one of his plays, that—
As wine adapts itself to the constitutionOn which account the same poet afterwards, distinguishing his powers with some felicity, says—
Of those who drink it, so likewise does Love
Who, when he's moderately worshipp'd,
Is mild and manageable; but if loosed
From moderation, then is fierce and troublesome.
For he doth bend a double bow of beauty,1 But the same poet also, in his play entitled The Wounded Man, speaks of people in love in this manner:—
And sometimes men to fortune leads,
But sometimes overwhelms their lives
With trouble and confusion.
Who would not say that those who love aloneAnd Theophilus, in his Man fond of the Flute, says—
Deserve to be consider'd living men?
For first of all they must be skilful soldiers,
And able to endure great toil of body,
And to stick close to th' objects of their love :
They must be active, and inventive too,
Eager, and fertile in expedients,
And prompt to see their way in difficulties.
Who says that lovers are devoid of sense?[p. 901]
He is himself no better than a fool:
For if you take away from life its pleasures,
You leave it nothing but impending death.
And I myself am now indeed in love
With a fair maiden playing on the harp;
And tell me, pray, am I a fool for that.But Aristophon, in his Pythagorean, says—
She's fair, she's tall, she's skilful in her art;
And I'm more glad when I see her, than you
When you divide your salaries among you.
Now, is not Love deservedly cast outAmphis, too, in his Dithyrambic, speaks thus of loving—
From his place among the twelve immortal gods?
For he did sow the seeds of great confusion,
And quarrels dire, among that heavenly ban
When he was one of them. And, as he was
Bold and impertinent, they clipp'd his wing
That he might never soar again to heaven;
And then they banished him to us below;
And for the wings which he did boast before
Them they did give to Victory, a spoil
Well won, and splendid, from her enemy.
What say'st thou?—dost thou think that all your wordsBut Alexis says in his Helena—
Could e'er persuade me that that man's a lover
Who falls in love with a girl's manners only
And never thinks what kind of face she's got?
I call him mad; nor can I e'er believe
That a poor man, who often sees a rich one,
Forbears to covet some of his great riches.
The man who falls in love with beauty's flower,
And taketh heed of nothing else, may be
A lover of pleasure, but not of his love;
And he does openly disparage Love,
And causes him to be suspect to others.