Odes by Horace

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Ah Lyce! though your drink were Tanais,

Your husband some rude savage, you would weep

To leave me shivering, on a night like this,

Where storms their watches keep.

Hark! how your door is creaking! how the grove

In your fair court-yard, while the wild winds blow,

Wails in accord! with what transparence Jove

Is glazing the driven snow!

Cease that proud temper: Venus loves it not:

The rope may break, the wheel may backward turn:

Begetting you, no Tuscan sire begot

Penelope the stern.

O, though no gift, no "prevalence of prayer,"

Nor lovers' paleness deep as violet,

husband, smit with a Pierian fair, Move you, have pity yet!
harder e'en than toughest heart of oak, Deafer than uncharm'd snake to suppliant moans!

This side, I warn you, will not always brook

Rain-water and cold stones.

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