Whatsoever place or post Thou assigns me, sooner will I die a thousand deaths, as Socrates said, then depart it. And where wilt Thou have be me? At Rome or Athens? At Thebes or on a desert island? Only remember me there!

Shouldst Thou send me where man cannot live as Nature would have him, I will depart, not in disobedience to Thee, but as though Thou were sounding the signal for my retreat:

I am not deserting Thee--far be that from me! I only perceive that thou needs me no longer.