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Rebus angustis animosus atque
Fortis appare: sapienter idem
Contrahes vento nimium secundo
XI. AD QUINTIUM HIRPINUM.
QUID bellicosus Cantaber et Scythes,
Divisus objecto, remittas
Quaerere; nec trepides in usum
Poscentis aevi pauca. Fugit retro
Canitie, facilemque somnum.
Non semper idem floribus est honor
Why not, lying carelessly, even as now,
Whether under tall plane-tree or under this pine,
And anointing ourselves with Assyrian nardine,
Why not drink while we may? no disperser like liquor
Immersing them under yon running stream's rill?
Which will lure from home Lyde, that naughty recluse? Away: bid her come with her ivory lute,
And make haste, and not mind though her hair be all loose: A plain knot, Spartan fashion, will very well suit.
Licymnia is supposed to be another name for Terentia, the beautiful wife of Maecenas.
To my cithern's soft music desire not of me,
Empurpled with dark Carthaginian gore:
Or of Lapithae cruel, or over-indulgent
Hylaeus in wine, or those youths whom the might
Of narrating, Maecenas, the office befits,
Caesar's battles, and menacing monarchs in chains Triumphantly dragged by the neck through our streets.
Cur non sub alta vel platano vel hac
Dum licet, Assyriaque nardo
Potamus uncti? Dissipat Euius
Pocula praetereunte lympha?
Quis devium scortum eliciet domo
XII. AD MAECENATEM.
NOLIS longa ferae bella Numantiae,
Nec saevos Lapithas, et nimium mero
Telluris juvenes, unde periculum
Me, the gentle Muse bids that I take as my theme
Her eyes that with fulgent lucidity stream,
Her bosom responsive to mutual love.
To bear step in the dance is to her no disgrace,
All Mygdonian wealth within Phrygian range,
All the full magazines with which Arabs are bless'd?
Horace seems to have been deeply impressed by his escape from a falling tree. He repeatedly alludes to it.
BOTH evil day was that, O tree, when first,
That he his father strangled I must still
He with guest's blood at night bespattered.
Me dulces dominae Musa Licymniae
Quam nec ferre pedem dedecuit choris,
Num tu, quae tenuit dives Achaemenes, Aut pinguis Phrygiae Mygdonias opes, Permutare velis crine Licymniae,
Plenas aut Arabum domos?
Dum flagrantia detorquet ad oscula
XIII. IN ARBOREM.
ILLE et nefasto te posuit die, Quicunque primum, et sacrilega manu Produxit, arbos, in nepotum
Perniciem, opprobriumque pagi. Illum et parentis crediderim sui Fregisse cervicem, et penetralia Sparsisse nocturno cruore
Hospitis. Ille venena Colchica,