Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: "To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temples of his gods?" -From Thomas Babington Macaulay, "Lays of Ancient Rome"
I learnt that we should use parallel constructions in "than" sentences, so why use "facing fearful odds"?
I would think "face fearful odds" is more apt. Please help me clarify.