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Fieta Palinodia Deorum providentiam prorsus evertit.


PARCUS Deorum cultor & infrequens, ,

Insanientis dum sapientiæ Consultus erro; nunc retrorsum

Vela dare, atque iterare cursus
Cogor [a] relictos. Namque Diespiter
gni corufco nubila dividens
Plerumque, per purum tonantes

Egit equos volucremque currum;
Quo bruta tellus, & vaga flumina,
Duo Styx, & invisi horrida Tænari
Sedes, Atlanteusque finis

Concutitur. Valet ima summis
Mutare, & [b] infignem attenuat Deus,
Obscura promens : hinc ápicem rapax
Forturfa cum stridore acuto

Sułtulit ; hic pofuiffe gaudet.




[a] Cogor relectos. HIENS.
[b] Insignia attenuat.


In a pretended recantation, he absolutely overthrows

the arguments in favour of the providence of the gods.

I WAS an unfrequent and remiss worshipper of

the gods, while I professed the errors of a senseless philosophy; but now I am obliged to set sail back again, and to renew the course that I had deserted : for Jupiter, who usually cleaves the clouds* with his gleaming lightning, lately drove his thundering horses and rapid chariot through the clear serene: at which the sluggish earth, and wand'ring rivers ; at which Styx, and the horrid feat of de tested Tænarus, and the utmost boundary of Atlas was fhaken. The deity is able to make an exchange between the highest and lowest, and diminishes the exalted, by bringing to light the obscure: rapacious fortune, with a žhrill whizzing, hath borne off the plume from one head, and delights in having placed, not fixed, it on another.

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It was the opinion of the Epicureans, that thunder was caused by the collision of one cloud against another. But Horace hearing thunder in a cloudless íky, gives up their doctrine.


AD FORTUNA M. Pro republica, Augufto, & Romanis exercitibus de

precatur. O

DIVA, gratum quæ regis Antium,

Præsens vel imo tollere de gradu Mortale corpus, vel fuperbos

Verete funeribus triumphos : Te pauper ámbit folicita prece

5 Ruris colonus; te dominam æquoris, Quicunque Bithyna laceffit

Carpathium pelagus carina.
Te Dacus asper, te profugi Scythæ,
Urbesque, gentefque, & Latium ferox, 16
Regumque matres barbarorum, &

Purpurei metuunt tyranni;
Injurioso ne pede proruas
Stantem columnam; neu populus frequens
Ad arma cessantes, ad arma

Concitet, imperiumque frangat.
Te femper anteit [a] fæva neceffitas
Clavos trabales & cuneos manu
Gestans ahena : nec feverus

Uncus abeft, liquidumque plumbum.
Te Spes, & albo rara Fides colit
Velata panno, nec comitem abnegat,
Utcunque mutata potentes

Veste domos inimica [b] linquis.
At vulgus infidum, & meretrix retro


Per [a] Serya neceflitas. [b] inimica vertis. BENTL.


TO FORTUN E. He prays to her for the commonwealth, Auguftus,

and the Roman arinies. O

Goddess, who presidest over beautiful Antium;

thou that art ready to exalt mortal man from the most abje&t state; or to convert superb triumphs into funerals. Thee the poor countryman solicits with his anxious vows; and whosoever ploughs the Carpathian sea with the Bithynian'vetfel, importunes thee as mistress of the fea. Thee, the rough Dacian thee, the wandering Scythians, and cities, and nations; the warlike Latium also, and the mothers of barbarian kings, and tyrants, clad in purple, are in dread of. Spurn not with destructive foot, that column which now stands firm, nor let popular tu. mults rouse those who now rest quiet to arms,--to arms and break the empire. Inexorable necessity always marches before you, holding in her brazer hand huge spikest and wedges, nor is the torment ing hook absent, or the melted lead. Thiee hope re verences and fidelity rare, robed in a white gar ment; nor does she desert thee, howfoever in wrat thou change thy robe and abandon the houses the powerful. But the faithlefs crowd of compa

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nions + These were feveral instruments of punishment an death, which were seulptured in the temple of Fortune Antium,


Perjura cedit : diffugiunt cadis
Cum fæce ficcatis amici,

Ferre jugam pariter dolofi.
Serves iturum Cæfarem in ultimos
Orbis Britannos, & juvenum recens
Examen Eois timendum

Partibus, Oceanoque rubro.
Üheu'! cicatricum & fceleris pudet,
Fratrumque. Quid nos dura refugimus
Ætás? Quid intactum nefasti

Liquimus ? Unde manum juventus
Metu Deorum continuit? Qnibus
Pepercit aris ? O utinam nova
Incude diffingas [a] retusum in

Massagetas Arabasque ferrum.




Plotio Numide fauftum ex Hifpania reditum gratu


T thure & fidibus juvat

Placare, & vituli sanguine debito Custodes Numidæ Deos :

Qui nunc Hefperia fofpes ab ultima, Caris multa fodalibus,

Nulli plura tamen dividit ofcula, Quam dulci Lamiæ, memor

Acte non alio rege puertiæ,



[a] Defingas reculum.

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