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CARMEN XXXVIII.

AD PUERU M.

Admonet ut cænam fine ambitiofo apparatu frucs.

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Ersicos odi, puer, apparatus :

Difplicent nexæ philyra coronæ :
Mitte fectari, rosa quo locorum

Sera moretur.
Simplici myrto nihil allabores
Sedulus *

curo: neque te ministrum Dedecet myrtus, neque me sub areta

Vite bibenter.

. Scdulus cura, Scdulus cura. Bentl.

HORA O DE XXXVII.

To his SER VAN T.

He forwarns him against any extravagant doings at

his entertainment.

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lets, which are woven with the * Philyra, displease me : by no means hunt for the place where the latter rose abides. It is my particular desire that

you

make no laborious addition to the plain myrtle; for myrtle is neither unbecoming you a servant, nor me while I quaff under this mantling vine.

Philýra; a thin membrane between the bark and the wood of the Tilia, or Linden.trce, which they made use of by way of ribhand in their chaplets, &c.

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Hortatur ut, intermiffis tragædiis, det se totum

scribenda bellorum civilium historia.

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OTUM ex Metello consule civicum,
Bellique causas, et vitia, et modos,

Ludumque Fortunæ, gravesque
Principum amicitias, et arma
Nondum expiatis * uncta cruoribus,

5 Periculofæ plenum opus aleæ Tractas; et incedis per ignęs Suppositos cineri dolore.

Paulum

Tincta cruoribas.

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He entreats him to quit tragedy for the present, that

he may apply himself wholly to the history of the

civil wars.

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U are treating of the civil commotion which began in the consulship of Metellus, and

the causes of the war, and the crimes that were committed, and the measures that were taken, and the sport of fortune, and the pernicious * confederacy of the chiefs, and arms stained with blood not yetexpiated--a workfullofhazardousconsequence : and you are treading upon fires hid under deceitful

alhes ;

Thetriumvirate of O&tavius, Lepidus, and Anfang.

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Paulum severæ Musa tragediže
Defit theatris : mox, ubi publicas

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Res ordinaris, grande munus

Cecropio repetes cothurno, Insigne moestis præfidium reis, Et consulenti, Pollio, curiæ : Cui laurus æternos honores

15 Dalmatico peperit triumpho. Jam nunc minaci murmure cornuum Perftringis aures : jam litui ftrepunt: Jam fulgor armorum fugaces

Terret equos, equitumque vultus. Audire *

magnos jam videor duces Non indecoro pulvere fordidos, Et cuncta terrarum subacta,

Præter atrocem animum Catonis. Juno, et Deorum quisquis amicior

25 -Afris, inulta cefferat impotens Tellure, victorum nepotes

Rettulit inferias Jugurthæ. Quis non Latino fanguine pinguior Campus fepulchris impia prælia

30 Teftatur, auditumque Medis

Hesperiæ fonitum ruinæ ?
Qui gurges, aut quæ flumina lugubris
Ignara belli ? Quod mare Dauniæ
Non decoloravere cædes ?

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Quæ caret ora cruore nostro?
Sed ne relictis, Musa procax, jocis,
Ceæ retractes munera næniæ
Mecum Dionæo sub antro
Quære modos leviore ple&tro.

CARMEN

Videre magnos,

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