STRANGE THAT THE GODLESS PROSPER
- TRANGE is
it that the godless, who have sprung
- From evil-doers, should fare prosperously,
- While good men, born of noble stock, should be
- By adverse fortune vexed. It was ill done
- For the gods thus to order lives of men.
- What ought to be is this, that godly souls
- Should from the gods gain some clear recompense
- And the unjust pay some clear penalty;
- So none would prosper who are base of soul.
POEMS BY SOPHOCLES
This English translation, by E.H.
Plumptre, of 'Strange that the Godless Prosper' is reprinted
from Greek Poets in English Verse. Ed. William Hyde Appleton.
Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1893.