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Either Zeus came to earth to shew his form to thee,
  Phidias, or thou to heaven hast gone the god to see.
      - Unattributed Author, in "Greek Anthology"

I, Phoebus, sang those songs that gained so much renown
  I, Phoebus, sang them; Homer only wrote them down.
      - Unattributed Author, in "Greek Anthology"

Say, Bacchus, why so placid? What can there be
  In commune held by Pallas and by thee?
    Her pleasure is in darts and battles; thine
      In joyous feasts and draughts of rosy wine.
      - Unattributed Author, in "Greek Anthology"

Some thoughtlessly proclaim the Muses nine:
  A tenth is Sappho, maid divine.
      - Unattributed Author, Greek Anthology

The gods of men are sillier than their kings and queens, and emptier and more powerless.
      - Maxwell Anderson

The Ethiop gods have Ethiop lips,
  Bronze cheeks, and woolly hair;
    The Grecian gods are like the Greeks,
      As keen-eyed, cold and fair.
      - Walter Bagehot, Literary Studies
         (II, 410, Ignorance of Man)

Speak of the gods as they are.
      - Bias of Priene

And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
      - Bible, Acts (ch. XIX, v. 28)

And that dismal cry rose slowly
  And sank slowly through the air,
    Full of spirit's melancholy
      And eternity's despair!
        And they heart the words it said--
          Pan is dead! great Pan is dead!
            Pan, Pan is dead!
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Dead Pan

The Graces, three erewhile, are three no more;
  A fourth is come with perfume sprinkled o'er.
    'Tis Berenice blest and fair; were she
      Away the Graces would no Graces be.
      - Callimachus, Epigram (V),
        (Goldwin Smith's rendering)

Two goddesses now must Cyprus adore;
  The Muses are ten, and the Graces are four;
    Stella's wit is so charming, so sweet her fair face,
      She shines a new Venus, a Muse, and a Grace.
      - Callimachus, Epigram (V),
        (Swift's rendering)

The confounding of all right and wrong, in wild fury, has averted from us the gracious favor of the gods.
  [Lat., Omnia fanda, nefanda, malo permista furore,
    Justificam nobis mentem avertere deorum.]
      - Catullus (Caius Quintus Valerius Catullus),
        Carmina (LXIV, 406)

Ye immortal gods! where in the world are we?
  [Lat., O dii immortales! ubinam gentium sumus?]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        In Catilinam (I, 4)

All the gods are dead except the god of war.
      - Eldridge Cleaver

Never, believe me,
  Appear the Immortals,
    Never alone.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        The Visits of the Gods,
        imitated from Schiller

Nature's self's thy Ganymede.
      - Abraham Cowley,
        Anacreontics--The Grasshopper (l. 8)

With ravish'd ears
  The monarch hears,
    Assumes the god,
      Affects to nod,
        And seems to shake the spheres.
      - John Dryden, Alexander's Feast (l. 37)

Creator Venus, genial power of love,
  The bliss of men below, and gods above!
    Beneath the sliding sun thou runn'st thy race,
      Dost fairest shine, and best become thy place;
        For thee the winds their eastern blasts forbear,
          Thy mouth reveals the spring, and opens all the year;
            Thee, goddess, thee, the storms of winter fly,
              Earth smiles with flowers renewing, laughs the sky.
      - John Dryden, Palamon and Arcite
         (bk. III, l. 1405)

The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders, a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cupid is a casuist, a mystic, and a cabalist,--
  Can your lurking thought surprise,
    And interpret your device,
      . . . .
        All things wait for and divine him,--
          How shall I dare to malign him?
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Initial Doemonic and Celestial Love
         (pt. I)

Though men determine, the gods doo dispose: and oft times many things fall out betweene the cup and the lip.
      - Robert Greene, Perimedes the Blacksmith

There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
  There's a little marble cross below the town,
    There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
      And the yellow god forever gazes down.
      - J. Milton Hayes,
        The Green Eye of the Yellow God

The heathen in his blindness
  Bows down to wood and stone.
      - Reginald Heber, Missionary Hymn

Who hearkens to the gods, the gods give ear.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. I, l. 280), (Bryant's translation)

The son of Saturn gave
  The nod with his dark brows. The ambrosial curls
    Upon the Sovereign One's immortal head
      Were shaken, and with them the mighty mount,
        Olympus trembled.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. I, l. 666), (Bryant's translation)

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