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First Line: Their several ends pursuing, one will roam
Last Line: At a mere touch are won to health again.
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving

THEIR several ends pursuing, one will roam
The teeming sea, hard-driven by obstinate gales;
And hoping still to ship some profit home
The prodigal of his own life he sails.
Some know the curving plough, and score therewith
Earth's timbered fields, in yearlong bondage led.
Athene and Hephaestus, that great smith,
Grant skill of hand: so others win their bread.
Another man the Olympian Muses teach
By whose dear cunning measured numbers flow;
And lord Apollo, archer of long reach,
Makes prophets, who foresee the impending blow
If god be with them: but the appointed doom
No sign of bird or victim can prevent.
Paeon, the god of medicine, gives to some
That other art of slow accomplishment;
Now agony from a trifling hurt may spring,
Nor any salve untie the knot of pain,
Now men distraught by desperate suffering
At a mere touch are won to health again.

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