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Fieta Palinodia Deorum providentiam prorsus evertit.
PARCUS Deorum cultor & infrequens, ,
Insanientis dum sapientiæ Consultus erro; nunc retrorsum
Vela dare, atque iterare cursus
Egit equos volucremque currum;
Concutitur. Valet ima summis
Sułtulit ; hic pofuiffe gaudet.
[a] Cogor relectos. HIENS.
In a pretended recantation, he absolutely overthrows
the arguments in favour of the providence of the gods.
I WAS an unfrequent and remiss worshipper of
the gods, while I professed the errors of a senseless philosophy; but now I am obliged to set sail back again, and to renew the course that I had deserted : for Jupiter, who usually cleaves the clouds* with his gleaming lightning, lately drove his thundering horses and rapid chariot through the clear serene: at which the sluggish earth, and wand'ring rivers ; at which Styx, and the horrid feat of de tested Tænarus, and the utmost boundary of Atlas was fhaken. The deity is able to make an exchange between the highest and lowest, and diminishes the exalted, by bringing to light the obscure: rapacious fortune, with a žhrill whizzing, hath borne off the plume from one head, and delights in having placed, not fixed, it on another.
It was the opinion of the Epicureans, that thunder was caused by the collision of one cloud against another. But Horace hearing thunder in a cloudless íky, gives up their doctrine.
AD FORTUNA M. Pro republica, Augufto, & Romanis exercitibus de
DIVA, gratum quæ regis Antium,
Præsens vel imo tollere de gradu Mortale corpus, vel fuperbos
Verete funeribus triumphos : Te pauper ámbit folicita prece
5 Ruris colonus; te dominam æquoris, Quicunque Bithyna laceffit
Carpathium pelagus carina.
Purpurei metuunt tyranni;
Uncus abeft, liquidumque plumbum.
Veste domos inimica [b] linquis.
Per [a] Serya neceflitas. [b] inimica vertis. BENTL.
20 ODE XXXV.
TO FORTUN E. He prays to her for the commonwealth, Auguftus,
and the Roman arinies. O
Goddess, who presidest over beautiful Antium;
thou that art ready to exalt mortal man from the most abje&t state; or to convert superb triumphs into funerals. Thee the poor countryman solicits with his anxious vows; and whosoever ploughs the Carpathian sea with the Bithynian'vetfel, importunes thee as mistress of the fea. Thee, the rough Dacian thee, the wandering Scythians, and cities, and nations; the warlike Latium also, and the mothers of barbarian kings, and tyrants, clad in purple, are in dread of. Spurn not with destructive foot, that column which now stands firm, nor let popular tu. mults rouse those who now rest quiet to arms,--to arms and break the empire. Inexorable necessity always marches before you, holding in her brazer hand huge spikest and wedges, nor is the torment ing hook absent, or the melted lead. Thiee hope re verences and fidelity rare, robed in a white gar ment; nor does she desert thee, howfoever in wrat thou change thy robe and abandon the houses the powerful. But the faithlefs crowd of compa
nions + These were feveral instruments of punishment an death, which were seulptured in the temple of Fortune Antium,
Perjura cedit : diffugiunt cadis
Ferre jugam pariter dolofi.
Partibus, Oceanoque rubro.
Liquimus ? Unde manum juventus
Massagetas Arabasque ferrum.
Plotio Numide fauftum ex Hifpania reditum gratu
T thure & fidibus juvat
Placare, & vituli sanguine debito Custodes Numidæ Deos :
Qui nunc Hefperia fofpes ab ultima, Caris multa fodalibus,
Nulli plura tamen dividit ofcula, Quam dulci Lamiæ, memor
Acte non alio rege puertiæ,
[a] Defingas reculum.