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SELECTED ODES FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS.

WITII INTRODUCTIONS AND NOTES

BY

THE REV. W. J. BRODRIBB, M.A.,

RECTOR OF WOOTTON RIVERS, AND LATE FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S

COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,

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SEELEY, JACKSON, & HALLIDAY, FLEET STREET,

LONDON. MDCCCLXXI.

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INTRODUCTION.

HORACE's Odes were written between the years 30 and 15 B.C. They were entirely modelled on the Greek lyric poetry of the sixth century B.C., of which Alcaeus and Sappho were the most eminent representatives.

The word Ode is derived from the Greek verb delow, “to sing," and its Latin equivalent is carmen. It is not confined to any particular class of subjects, but admits the widest possible variety.

Horace's two favourite metres were the Alcaic and Sapphic. Both consisted of stanzas of four verses, and are usually divided thus :

ALCAIC METRE.
Two first verses :

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Three first verses :

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Fourth verse :

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Of the Odes in this selection, the first nineteen are in the Alcaic metre ; the following sixteen in the Sapphic metre.

Odes XXVII.-XXXI. are varieties of a metre called after a Greek lyric poet Asclepiades, and the verses will be found to fall under one or other of the following arrangements :

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ou ol ū | -uul - | -uul -|- OUI The text of these select Odes is (with a few slight variations of spelling and punctuation) that of Mr. J. E. Yonge's revised edition, published in 1868. The spelling differs in some few instances from that adopted in the dictionaries in common use. In these cases, to spare the learner any perplexity, the ordinary spelling is given in a footnote.

For the Notes, the editions of Macleane, Orelli, and Mr. J. E. Yonge have been chiefly consulted.

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