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CARMEN XXXVIII.

AD PUERU M.

Admonet ut cænam fine ambitiofo apparatu struat. PERSICOS odi, puer, apparatus :

Displicent nexæ philyra coronæ :
Mitte fectari, rofa quo locorum

Sera moretur.
Simplici myrto nihil allabores
Sedulus [a] curo : neque te ministrum
Dedeceť myrtus, neque me fub areta

Vitę bibentem.

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Q. HORA.

[a] Sedulus curæ. Sedulus cura. Benth.

ODE XXXVIII.

To his SERVANT.

He forewarns him against any extravagant doings

his entertainment.

BOX
OY, I detest the pomp of the Persians : cha

lets, which are woven with the Philyra,* d please me: by no means hunt for the place whe the latter rose abides. It is my particular desi that you make no laborious addition to the pla myrtle ; for myrtle is neither unbecoming you fervant, nor me while I quaff under this mantliv vine.

TH

* Philyra; a thin membrane between the bark a the wood of the Tilia, or Linden-tree, which they ma use of by way of riband in their chaplets, &c.

Q. HORATII FLACCI

CAR MINUM

LIBER II.

C A R M E N I.

AD ASINIUM POLLIONEM.

atur ut, intermisis tragediis, det fe totum facri

bende bellorum civilium historia.

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TOTUM ex Metello consule civicum,

Bellique caufas, & vitia, & modos,
Ludumque Fortunæ, gravesque

Principum amicitias, & arma dum expiatis [a] uneta cruoribus, culofæ plenum opus aleze Cractas, & incedis per ignes

Suppofitos cineri doloso.

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To ASINIUS POLLIO. He entreats him to quit tragedy for the present, that

he may apply himfelf wholly to the history of the civil

wars.

Y OU 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 yet expiated—a work full of hazardous consequence: and you are treading upon fires hid under

deceitful * The triumvirate of Octavius, Lepidus, and Antony.

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Paulum feveræ Musa tragedia
Defit theatris : mox, ubi publicas
Res ordinaris, grande munus

Cecropio repetes cothurno,
Infigne mceltis præfidium reis,
Et consulenti, Pollio, curiæ :
Cui laurus æternos honores

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

Terret equos, equitumque vultus. 20 Audire [a] magnos jam videor duces Non indecoro pulvere fordidos, Et cuneta terrarum subacta,

Præter atrocem animum Catonis. Juno, & Deorum quifquis amicior

25 Afris, inulta cefferat impotens Tellure, victorum nepotes

Rettulit inferias Jugurthe.
Quis non Latino fanguine pinguior
Campus fepulcris impia proelia
Teftatur, auditumque Medis

Hesperia 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, Mufa procax, jocis,
Cez retractes munera næniæ :
Mecum dionæo fub antro
Quære modos leviore plectro.

40 [a] Videre magnos.

CARMEN

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