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Tunc nigri lemures, ovoque pericula rupto:
Hinc grandes Galli, et cum sistro lusca sacerdos,
Incussere deos inflantes corpora, si non
Prædictum ter mane caput gustaveris alli.
Dixeris hæc inter varicosos centuriones,
Continuo crassum ridet Vulfenius ingens,
Et centum Græcos curto centusse licetur.

Now fancied evils fill you with affright,
Omens by day, and visions in the night :
Cybebe's shrines you visit with her priests,
Behold their orgies, and partake their feasts.
While the blind priestess incantations makes,
And o'er your heads the sounding sistrum shakes;
With direful omens all your souls alarms,
And guards you round with amulets and charms.
Now should you teach this doctrine to the crowd,
Some military fool would laugh aloud,
At a clipp'd farthing all the sages prize,
Whom Athens valued, and whom Greece thought wise.

THE

SATIRES OF PERSIUS.

SATIRE VI.

SATIRA VI.

AD CÆSIUM BASSUM.

V. I-IO.

DMOVIT jam bruma foco te, Basse, Sabino? Jamne lyra, et tetrico vivunt tibi pectine chordæ ? Mire opifex numeris veterum primordia rerum, Atque marem strepitum fidis intendisse Latinæ, Mox juvenes agitare jocos, et pollice honesto Egregios lusisse senes? mihi nunc Ligus ora Intepet, hybernatque meum mare, qua latus ingens Dant scopuli, et multa littus se valle receptat. Lunai portum est operæ cognoscere cives. Cor jubet hoc Enni, postquam destertuit esse

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