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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1727. Classical Criticism
By George Lynde Richardson
21 B. C.

OLD Horace on a summer afternoon,
  Well primed with sweet Falernian, let us say,
Lulled by the far-off brooklet ’s drowsy croon
  To a half-doze in a haphazard way,
Scratched off a half a dozen careless rhymes,        5
  As was his habit. When next day he came
Awake to work, he read them several times,
  In vain attempt to catch their sense and aim.
“What was I thinking of? Blest if I know,
Jupiter! What ’s the difference? Let them go!”        10
886 A. D.

“LINES twelve to twenty are in great dispute,”
  (Most learnedly the lecturer doth speak,)
“I think I shall be able to refute
  Orelli’s claim they ’re taken from the Greek.
I think, with Bentley, Horace’s purpose here        15
  Is irony, and yet I do not know
But Dillenberger’s reading is more clear,
  For which he gives eight arguments, although
Wilkins gives twelve objections to the same”—
So on (ad infinitum). Such is fame!        20


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