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Fita Palinodia Deorum providentiam prorfus evertit.
DARCUS Deorum cultor & infrequens,
Plerumque, per purum tonantes
Egit equos volucremque currum;
Concutitur. Valet ima fummis
Suftulit; hic pofuiffe gaudet.
[a] Cogor relectos. HIENS.
[b] Infignia attenuat.
In a pretended recantation, he abfolutely overthrows the arguments in favour of the providence of the gods.
WAS an unfrequent and remifs worshipper of the gods, while I professed the errors of a senselefs philofophy; but now I am obliged to set fail back again, and to renew the course that I had deferted for Jupiter, who ufually cleaves the clouds* with his gleaming lightning, lately drove his thundering horfes and rapid chariot through the clear ferene: at which the fluggish earth, and wand'ring rivers; at which Styx, and the horrid feat of detested Tænarus, and the utmost boundary of Atlas was fhaken. The deity is able to make an exchange between the highest and loweft, and diminishes the exalted, by bringing to light the obfcure: rapacious fortune, with a fhrill 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 collifion of one cloud against another. But Horace hearing thunder in a cloudlefs fky, gives up their doctrine.
Pro republica, Augufto, Romanis exercitibus de
DIVA, gratum quæ regis Antium, Præfens vel imo tollere de gradu Mortale corpus, vel fuperbos
Verete funeribus triumphos:
Te pauper ambit folicita prece
Carpathium pelagus carina.
Te Dacus afper, te profugi Scythæ,
Injuriofo ne pede proruas
Stantem columnam; neu populus frequens
Ad arma ceffantes, ad arma
Concitet, imperiumque frangat.
Te femper anteit [a] fæva neceffitas
Uncus abeft, liquidumque plumbum.
Te Spes, & albo rara Fides colit
Vefte domos inimica [b] linquis.
At vulgus infidum, & meretrix retro
[a] Serva neceffitas. [b] Inimica vertis. BENTL.
He prays to her for the commonwealth, Auguftus,
and the Roman armies.
Goddefs, who prefideft over beautiful Antium; thou that art ready to exalt mortal man from the most abject state; or to convert fuperb triumphs into funerals. Thee the poor countryman folicits with his anxious vows; and whofoever ploughs the Carpathian fea with the Bithynian veffel, 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 deftructive foot, that column which now ftands firm, nor let popular tu mults rouse those who now reft quiet to arms,-tc arms-and break the empire. Inexorable neceffity always marches before you, holding in her brazer hand huge spikest and wedges, nor is the torment ing hook abfent, or the melted lead. Thee hope re verences and fidelity rare, robed in a white gar ment; nor does the defert thee, howfoever in wrat thou change thy robe and abandon the houses the powerful. But the faithlefs crowd of compa
These were feveral inftruments of punishment an death, which were sculptured in the temple of Fortune Antium.
Perjura cedit: diffugiunt cadis
Ferre jugam pariter dolofi.
Serves iturum Cæfarem in ultimos
Partibus, Oceanoque rubro.
Eheu! cicatricum & fceleris pudet,
Liquimus? Unde manum juventus
Metu Deorum continuit? Quibus
Plotio Numida fauftum ex Hifpania reditum gratu latur.
FT thure & fidibus juvat
Placare, & vituli fanguine débito
Cuftodes 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 recufum.