First measure out the work.
Do not rush into laying foundations.
Read the lie of the land
And draw whatever line you take
As if from the heart.
The right words will lend grace
To the right time and the right place.
Pandarus gives himself some advice
from A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde Book I (Faber, 2014), © Lavinia Greenlaw 2014, used by permission of the author and the publisher.