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THE ODES AND CARMEN SAECULARE OF HORACE

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JAM VERIS COMITES.


The gales of Thrace, that hush the unquiet sea,

Spring's comrades, on the bellying canvas blow:

Clogg'd earth and brawling streams alike are free

From winter's weight of snow.

Wailing her Itys in that sad, sad strain,

Builds the poor bird, reproach to after time

Of Cecrops' house, for bloody vengeance ta'en

On foul barbaric crime.

The keepers of fat lambkins chant their loves

To silvan reeds, all in the grassy lea,

And
pleasure Him who tends the flocks and groves Of dark-leaved Arcady.

It is a thirsty season, Virgil mine:

But would you taste the grape's Calenian juice,

Client of noble youths, to earn your wine

Some nard you must produce.

A
tiny box of nard shall bring to light The cask that in Sulpician cellar lies:

O, it can give new hopes, so fresh and bright,

And gladden gloomy eyes.

You take the bait? then come without delay

And bring your ware: be sure, 'tis not my plan

To let you drain my liquor and not pay,

As might some wealthy man.

Come, quit those covetous thoughts, those knitted brows,

Think on the last black embers, while you may,

And
be for once unwise. When time allows, 'Tis sweet the fool to play.



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The City of Rome was traditionally founded in 753 B.C. by our calendar. The Romans measured their calendar from the foundation of the City, or "Anno urbis conditae". By their calendar, today is Anno Urbis ("The Year of the City") 2768.

Roman Coliseum

The Roman Empire at its greatest extent comprised most of western Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Larger than even most modern nations, the empire was held together by a network of roads, a common language, and most of all a culture which still today exerts a powerful influence on our society and institutions, over 1600 years after the fall of Rome. No other empire or civilization has had such a lasting and significant impact on the modern world.

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