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nions, and the perjured harlot draws back: friends, treacherous in their promises to bear equally the burden of adverfity, when cafks are exhausted, very dregs and all, fly off. Preferve thou Cæfar, who is meditating an expedition against the Britons, the farthest people in the world, and alfo the new levy of youths to be dreaded by the eastern regions, and the Red Sea. Alas! I am afhamed of the wounds and wickedness of the public, and brethren flain by brethren. What have we, a hardened age, abhorred? What have we in our impiety left unviolated? From what has our youth reftrained their hands out of reverence to the gods? What altars have they fpared? O may you forge a-new our blunted fwords on a different anvil against the Maffagetæ and Arabians.
He congratulates Plotius Numida upon his happy return from Spain.
'HIS is a joyful occafion to facrifice with incenfe and mufic, and the votive blood of a heifer to the gods, the guardians of Numidia: who, now returning in safety from the extremeft part of Spain, imparts many embraces to his beloved companions, but to none more than his dear Lamia, mindful of his childhood spent under one and the fame
Mutátæque fimul toge
Creffa ne careat pulchra dies nota: Neu promte modus amphora,
Neu morem in Salium fit requies pedum : Neu multi Damalis meri
Baffum Threicia vincat Amyftide:
Neu defint epulis rofæ,
Neu vivax apium, neu breve lilium. Omnes in Damalin putres
Deponent oculos: nec Damalis novo Divelletur adultero,
Lafcivis ederis ambitiofior.
Ob Cleopatra mortem lætandum effe.
est bibendum, nunc pede libero Pulfanda tellus: nunc Saliaribus Ornare pulvinar Deorum
Tempus erat dapibus, fodales.
Antehac nefas depromere Cæcubum
fame governor, and of the gown, which they changed at the fame time. Let not this joyful day be without a Cretant mark of diftinction; let us not fpare the jar at hand; nor, Salian-like, let there be any ceffation of feet; nor let the toping Damalis conquer Baffus in the Thracian Amyftis; } nor let there be rofes wanting to the banquet, nor the ever-green parsley, nor fhort-lived lily. All the company will fix their diffolving eyes on Damalis; but the, more luxuriant than the wanton ivy, will not be separated from her new lover.
To his COMPANIONS.
That they ought to make a rejoicing on account of Cleopatra's death.
NOW, my companions, is the time to caroufe, now to beat the ground with a light foot : now is the time that was to deck the couch of the gods with fumptuous Salian dainties. Before this, it was impious to produce the old Cæcuban ftored up by our ancestors; while the queen, with a contaminated
* At the beginning of the feventeenth year, the Roman youth changed the Prætexta, or boy's gown, for the Toga Virilis, or man's gown.-+ The Cretans marked their lucky days with white, and the reverfe with black.Salii: priefts of Mars, who made dancing a principal part of their religious worship.- Amyftis, a large Thra cian cup, which to exhauft at a breath, was esteemed a piece of drunken bravery,
Contaminato cum grege turpium
Ebria. Sed minuit furorem
Vix una fofpes navis ab ignibus
Cæfar, ab Italia volantem
Remis adurgens (accipiter velut
Emonie) daret ut catenis
Fatale monftrum: quæ generofius
Non humilis mulier triumpho
fal Penetravit oras. BENTL
[b] Aufa & tacentem.
taminated gang of creatures, noifome through diftemper, was preparing giddy deftruction for the capitol, and the fubverfion of the empire, being weak enough to hope for any thing, and intoxicated with the favours of fortune. But fcarcely a fingle fhip preferved from the flames, abated her. fury and Cæfar reduced her mind, inflamed with Egyptian wine, to real fears, close pursuing her, in her flight from Italy, with his gallies (as the hawk purfues the tender doves, 'or the nimble hunter the hare in the plains of fnowy Emon) that he might throw into chains this deftructive monfter of a woman, who, feeking a more generous death, neither had an effeminate dread of the fword, nor repaired with her fwift fhip to hidden fhores. She was able alfo to look upon her palace, lying in ruins, with a countenance unmoved, and courageous enough to handle exafperated afps,* that the might imbibe into her body the deadly poifon, being more refolved by having premeditated her death for fhe was a woman of fuch greatnefs of foul, as to fcorn to be carried off in haughty triumph, like a private perfon, by rough Liburnian.
Plutarch fays it was that kind of ferpent called an afp.