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- Methinks I see these different followers of Homer, some sweating and straining after him by violent leaps and bounds (the certain signs of false mettle), others slowly and servilely creeping in his train, while the poet himself is all the time proceeding with an unaffected and equal majesty before them.Preface (69% in)
There are no more uses of "mettle" in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope).
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