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Confumed Phaeton ftrikes terror into ambitious hopes, and the winged Pegafus, not ftomaching to bear the earth-born rider Bellero phon, affords a terrible example, that you ought always to purfue things that are fuitable to you; and that you should avoid a disproportioned match, by thinking it a crime to entertain a hope beyond what is allowable. Come then, thou laft of my loves (for hereafter I fhall burn for no other woman) learn with me fuch measures, as you may recite with your lovely voice: our gloomy cares fhall be mitigated with an ode.

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Dicunt in tenero gramine pinguium
Cuftodes ovium carmina fiftula;
Delectantque Deum, cui pecus et nigri
Colles Arcadia placent.
Adduxere fitim tempora, Virgili:
Sed preffum Calibus ducere, Liberum
Si geftis, juvenum nobilium cliens,
Nardo vina merebere:

Nardi parvus onyx eliciet cadum,
Qui nunc Sulpitiis accubat horreis,
Spes donare novas largus, amaraque

Curarum eluere efficax.
Ad quæ fi properas gaudia, cum tua
Velox merce veni: non ego te meis
Immunem meditor tingere poculis,

Plena dives ut in domo.
Verum pone moras et ftudium lucri ;
Nigrorumque memor, dum-licet, ignium,
Mifce ftultitiam confiliis brevem:
Dulce eft defipere in loco.

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Ludifque et bibis impudens;
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ODE XIII.

To LY CE.

He infulis her on being the contempt of the young fellows.

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prayers: you are become an old woman, and yet you would have the appearance of a beauty; and you wanton and drink in an audacious manner; and when in for it, folicit tardy Cupid with an affeded quavering of voice. He banks the charming cheeks of the blooming Chia, who is a proficient on the lyre. The teazing urchin flies over blafted oaks, and ftarts back at the fight of you, because foul teeth, because wrinkles and fnowy hair render you odious. Now neither Coan purples, nor fparkling jewels reftore thofe years, which winged time has inferted in the public annals. Whither is beauty gone? alas! or whither your bloom? Whither your graceful deportment? What have you remaining of her, of her, who breathed loves, and ravished me from myfelf? Happy in accomplishments next to Cynara, and diftinguished for an afpect of graceful delicacies: but the fates granted but a few years Cynara, intending to preferve for a long time

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