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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Horrida Tempestas
By Horace (65–8 B.C.)
 
Translation of Sir Stephen E. de Vere

THROUGH narrowed skies the tempest rages loud:
      A vault low-hung and roofed with cloud
Bursts forth in rain and snow. The woods, the sea,
Echo the storm from Thracian Rhodope.
 
Snatch we, my friends, the fitting moment—now:        5
While strong our knees, make smooth the wrinkled brow;
      Bring forth the wine of ancient date
      Pressed in Torquatus’s consulate;
      Of toil and danger speak no more:
      Some god may yet our shattered state restore!        10
Perfume your hair with Achæmenian balm,
And bid Cyllene’s lyre your troubled spirits calm.
 
      ’Twas thus the noble Centaur sung:—
      “Unconquered youth, from Thetis sprung,
Thyself a mortal! The Dardanian land,        15
And cool Scamander rippling through the sand,
And gliding Simois, call thee to their side;
Nor shall thy mother o’er her azure tide
Lead thee in triumph to thy Phthian home:
Such the weird Fate’s inexorable doom.        20
Grieve not, my son: in song and wassail find
A soothing converse and a solace kind.”
 
 
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