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virtue, and court honeft poverty without a portion.' 'Tis no business of mine, if the mast groan with the African storms, to have recourse to piteous prayers, and to make a bargain with my vows, that my Cyprian and Syrian merchandize may not make an addition to the wealth of the insatiable fea. Then the fanning gale and the twin Pollux shall carry me fafe in the protection of a skiff with ćwo Oars, through the tumultuous Ægean sea,
O DE XXX He promises himself an immortality of fame from his
poetical writings. I HAVE executed a monument more lafting than
brass, and more fublime than the 'regal elevation of pyramids, which the wasting rain, the unavailing north-wind, or an innumerable fucceffion of years, and the flight of feasons, shall not be able to demolish. I shall not wholly die, but a great part of me shall escape Libitina.* I shall continually be renewed in the praises of pofterity, as long as the priest thall afcend the Capitol with the filent vestal virgin. Where the rapid Aufidus shall murmur, and where Daunus, poorly supplied with water, ruled over a "rustic people, I, exalted from a low degree, shall be acknowledged as having originally adapted the Acolic verfe to Italian measures. Melpomene assume that pride which your merits have
acquired, and willingly crown my hair with the Delphic laurel,
TJIE • Goddess of Death
Q. HORATII FLACCI
CA R M E N I.
Se jane ça aetate efe, ut a rebus Veneris alieno animo
effe debeat. INTERMISSA, Venus, diu
Rursus bella moves ? Parce precor, precor. Non fum qualis eram bonae
Sub regno Cynarae. desine, dulcium Mater saeva Cupidinum
5 Circa lustra decem flectere mollibus Jam durum imperiis : abi
Quo blandae juvenum te revocant preces.
To V E N U S.
longer to think of love affairs.
FTER a long ceffation, O Venus, again are
you stirring up tumults. Spare me, I ber seech you, I beléech you. I am not the man I was under the dominion of good-natured Cynara. Forbear, thou cruel mother of soft desires, to bend one bordering upon fifty, now too-hardened for your soft commands: go whither the foothing Prayers of youth invoke thee. More seasonably zaay you revel in the house of Paulus Maximus,
Si correre jecur quaeris idoneum.
folicitis non tacitus reis, Et centum puer artium,
15 Late figna feret militia tuae: Et quandoque potentior
Largis numeribus riserit aemuli,
20 Illic plurima naribus
Duces thura ; [a] lyråeque et Berecyntiae Delectabere tibiae
Miftis carminibus, non fine fiftula. Illic bis pueri die
25 Numen cum teneris virginibus tuum Laudantes, pede candido
In morem Salium ter quatient humum.
30 Nec certare juvat mero,
Nec vincire novis tempora floribus. Sed cur, heu! Ligurine, cur
Manat rara meas lacryma per genas? Cur facunda parum decoro
35 Inter verba cadit lingua filentio ? Nocturnis te ego
CARMEN (a) Lyraque et Berecynthia-tibia.
flying thither with your fplendid swans; if you seek to enflame a suitable breast. For he is both noble and graceful, and by no means filent in the cause of distressed defendants, and a youth of an hundred accomplishments, he shall bear the ensigns of your warfare far and wide: and whenever more prevailing than the ample presents of a rival he shall · laugh at his expence, he shall erect thee in marble under a citron dome near the Alban lake. There you shall smell abundant frankincense, and shall be charmed with the mixed music of the lyre and Berecynthian pipe, not with the fagelet. There the youths, together with the tender maidens, twice a day celebrating your divinity, shall, Salian-like,s with snow-white foot, thrice thake the ground. As for me, neither woman, nor youth, nor the fond hope of a mutual inclination, nor to contend in wine, nor to bind my temples with fresh flowers, delight me any longer. But why, ah! why, () Ligurinus, does the tear every now and then trickle down my cheeks? Why does my fluent tongue falter between my words with an ill-becoming silence? Thee, in my dreams by night I clasp, caught in my arms ; thee flying cross the turf of the Campus Martius, thee I pursue, O cruel one, through the rolling waters.