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Young Troilus. Cease then your tender wail
His last Niphates, stiff with ice,
Of subjects-rolling onward waves decreased;
More narrow tracts than heretofore.
Licinius Murena was apparently a man of restless and ambitious character,' and Horace may have addressed this Ode to him to warn him of the tendencies of his disposition. He belonged to the college of augurs (see Ode iii. 19), had a house at Formiae, where he received Maecenas and his party on their way to Brundusium, and was finally condemned and put to death on a charge of having plotted against the life of Augustus.
LICINIUS, more correctly
Life's voyage would you take,
For middle ocean make:
And, when through caution fearing
The wind's tempestuous roar,
Avoid too closely steering
Beside a dangerous shore.
What man is there pursuing
Flevere semper. Desine mollium
Caesaris, et rigidum Niphaten,
X. AD LICINIUM MURENAM.
RECTIUS Vives, Licini, neque altum Semper urgendo; neque, dum procellas Cautus horrescis, nimium premendo
Auream quisquis mediocritatem
Diligit, tutus caret obsoleti
In old decaying dwelling;
Calm too, eschewing all
Pine-tree that rises higher,
He who by wise tuition
Doth winter too remove.
When evil 'tis, does 't follow
Sordibus tecti, caret invidenda
Saepius ventis agitatur ingens
Decidunt turres; feriuntque summos
Sperat infestis, metuit secundis
Alteram sortem bene praeparatum
Pectus. Informes hiemes reducit
Summovet. Non, si male nunc, et olim
quondam cithara tacentem
Suscitat musam, neque semper arcum
Misfortunes round thee closing
'Minorem' in line II is translated 'drudge'
in deference to Mr. Macleane, who says that the word, like oowv, signifies the victim of' or a slave to.' I don't think I need apologise for coining the word 'nardine' used in line 16. If an ointment made from nard were now-a-days in use, that would certainly be the name which English perfumers would give it.
LEAVE asking, my Quintius Hirpinus, what 'tis
The requirements of life, which but little requires.
Spring blossoms not always retain the same hue: