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THE ODES AND CARMEN SAECULARE OF HORACE

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ODI PROFANUM.


I
bid the unhallow'd crowd avaunt! Keep holy silence; strains unknown

Till now, the Muses' hierophant,

I sing to youths and maids alone.

Kings o'er their flocks the sceptre wield;

E'en kings beneath Jove's sceptre bow:

Victor in giant battle-field,

He moves all nature with his brow.

This man his planted walks extends

Beyond his peers; an older name

One to the people's choice commends;

One boasts a more unsullied fame;

One plumes him on a larger crowd

Of clients. What are great or small?

Death takes the mean man with the proud;

The fatal urn has room for all.

When guilty Pomp the drawn sword sees

Hung o'er her, richest feasts in vain

Strain their sweet juice her taste to please;

No lutes, no singing birds again

Will bring her sleep. Sleep knows no pride;

It scorns not cots of village hinds,

Nor shadow-trembling river-side,

Nor Tempe, stirr'd by western winds.

Who, having competence, has all,

The tumult of the sea defies,

Nor fears Arcturus' angry fall,

Nor fears the Kid-star's sullen rise,

Though hail-storms on the vineyard beat,

Though crops deceive, though trees complain.

One while of showers, one while of heat,
One while of winter's barbarous reign.
Fish feel the narrowing of the main

From sunken piles, while on the strand

Contractors with their busy train

Let down huge stones, and lords of land

Affect the sea: but fierce Alarm

Can clamber to the master's side:

Black Cares can up the galley swarm,

And close behind the horseman ride.

If Phrygian marbles soothe not pain,

Nor star-bright purple's costliest wear,

Nor vines of true Falernian strain,

Nor Achaemenian spices rare,

Why with rich gate and pillar'd range

Upbuild new mansions, twice as high,

Or why my Sabine vale exchange

For more laborious luxury?





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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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