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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
Life not Legends
 
Martial (c.A.D. 40–c.A.D. 104)
 
 
QVI legis Oedipoden caligantemque Thyesten,
  Colchidas et Scyllas, quid nisi monstra legis?
quid tibi raptus Hylas, quid Parthenopaeus et Attis,
  quid tibi dormitor proderit Endymion?
exutusue puer pinnis labentibus? aut qui        5
  odit amatrices Hermaphroditus aquas?
quid te uana iuuant miserae ludibria chartae?
  hoc lege, quod possit dicere uita ‘Meum est’.
non hic Centauros, non Gorgonas Harpyiasque
  inuenies: hominem pagina nostra sapit.        10
sed non uis, Mamurra, tuos cognoscere mores
  nec te scire: legas Aetia Callimachi.
 

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