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O DE XV.
To AUGUSTUS, on the Restoration of Peace.
HBUS chided me, when I was meditating
to fing of battles and conquered cities on the lyre; that I might not set my little fails along the vaft Tyrrhenian fea. Your age, oh Cæsar, has both reftored plenteous crops to the fields, and has brought back to our Jupiter the Roman fiandards, torn from the proud pillars of the Parthians; and has shut up the temple of Janus founded by Romulus, now free from war; and has imposed a due discipline upon headstrong licentiousness and has extirpated crimes, and recalled the ancient arts; by which the Latin name and strength of Italy have increased, and the fame and majeity of the empire is extended from the sun's western bed, even to the east. While Cæsar is at the head of affairs, neither ci. vil rage, nor viclence, thall disturb the general tranquillity; ncr hatred which forges swords, and fets at variance unbappy states. Not those, who drink of the deep Danube, shall now brcak the Julian edicts; 'not the Getæ, not the Seres, or the pertidious Perlians, not those born upon the river VOL. I.
* The temple of Jupiter Cirpita7n18.
Nosque, et profeftis lucibus et facris,
Rite Deos prius apprecati,
Progeniem Veneris canemus,
Tanais. And let us, both on common and feftal days, amidst the gifts of joyous Bacchns, together with our wives and families, having first duly invoked the Gods, celebrate, after the manner of our ancestors, with songs accompanied with Lydian pipes, cur late valiant commanders, and Troy, and Anchises, and the offspring of benign Venus
IB Amice, propugnacula,
Paratus omne Cæsaris periculum
Subire, Mücenas, tuo.
Jucunda; fi contra, gravis:
Non dulce, ni tecum fimul ? An hunc laborem mente laturi, deçete Qua ferre non molles viros ?
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Fere. Vita fit fuperflike.
Horace offers to accompany him on his departure for
the Actian expedition. OU will go, my friend Mæcenas, with Liburniangailiesamongst thetow'ring forts of
Antary's large ships, ready at your own hazard to undergoany.ofCæiar’sdangers. What shall I do? to whom life may indeed be agreeable if you survive, but, if otherwise, it will be insupportable. Whether shall I at your commands pursue my case, which cannot be pleasing unless in your company? or shall I endure this toil with such a courage as becomes unefíeminate men to bear Isill bear it;