Saturday, March 5, 2016

Wisdom's power and temperance's might

Nought feard their force, that fortilage to win,
But wisdomes powre, and temperaunces might,
By which the mightiest things efforced bin:
John Melhuish Strudwick,
Acrasia (c. 1888),
Wikimedia Commons

     Edmund Spencer, The faerie queene II.xii.43, ll. 5-7.  No Bower-of-Bliss defender feared anything but the power of wisdom and the might of temperance, by which two virtues the mightiest strongholds of vice are reduced.

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