This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...cold. Him from th' opposing rampart's square Matrons and maids beleaguered there With terror oft. behold; And oft with long-drawn sighs invoke The sheltering aid of Heaven; Lest their young spouse, with heedless stroke, The vengeful lion's rage provoke Through blood and slaughter driven. ODE II. Angtjstam amice pauperism pati Robustus acri militia puer Condiscat; et Parthos feroces Vexet eques metuendus hasta: Vitamque sub divo, et trepidis agat In rebus: illum ex moenibus hosticis Matrona bellantis tyranni Prospiciens, et adulta virgo, Suspiret; Eheu! ne rudis agminum Sponsus lacessat regius asperum Tactu leonem, quem cruenta Per medias rapit ira caedes. The martyr to his country dies A sweet and glorious death; Fate strikes the coward as he flies, Nor heeds the tender stripling's cries, Nor spares his craven breath. Virtue, superior to defeat, With unstained honour shines; And neither claims the consul's seat, Nor awed by Faction's vulgar threat, Her dignity resigns. Virtue, to such as Death defy, To heaven points out the road; And spurning the damp earth, on high Aspires to immortality, And seeks repose with God. Discretion too her meed shall bear; With one that could betray The myst'ries of Eleusis, ne'er Would I consent my roof to share, Or tempt the watery way. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori: Mors et fugacem persequitur virum, Nee parcit imbellis juventae Poplitibus timidove tergo. Virtus, repulsae nescia sordidae, Intaminatis fulget honoribus: Nee sumit aut ponit secures Arbitrio popularis aurae. Virtus, recludens immeritis mori Coelum, negata tentat iter via; Ccetusque vulgares et udam Spernit humum fugiente penna. Est et fideli tuta silentio Merces: vetabo, qui Cereris sacrum Vulgarit arcanae, sub isdem Sit trabibus, fragilemve...
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Timeless meditations on the subjects of wine, parties, birthdays, love, and friendship, Horace’s Odes, in the words of classicist Donald Carne-Ross, make the “commonplace notable, even luminous.” This edition reproduces the highly lauded translation by James Michie. “For almost forty years,” poet and literary critic John Hollander notes, “James Michie’s brilliant translations of Horace have remained fresh as well as strong, and responsive to the varying lights and darks of the originals. It is a pleasure to have them newly available.”About the Author:
James Michie was born in 1927 and studied classics at Trinity College, Oxford. His other translations include The Poems of Catullus and Virgil’s Eclogues. His Collected Poems was awarded the Hawthornden Prize.
Gregson Davis is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Duke University and the author of Polyhymnia: The Rhetoric of Horatian Lyric Discourse.
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