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True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd, Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.

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Source Notes: Odyssey 15.83-84, trans. Alexander Pope (1725-26). Pope also makes reference to this passage in The Second Satire of the Second Book of Horace Paraphrased, written in 1733 and published in 1734. There he writes: "For I, who hold sage Homer's rule the best, / Welcome the coming, speed the going guest" (l.159-60).

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