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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Poet’s Fame
By Ovid (43 B.C.–18 A.D.)
 
Translation of Henry King

SO crown I here a work that dares defy
The wrath of Jove, the fire, the sword, the tooth
Of all-devouring Time! Come when it will
The day that ends my life’s uncertain term,—
That on this corporal frame alone hath power        5
To work extinction,—high above the Stars
My nobler part shall soar; my Name remain
Immortal; wheresoe’er the might of Rome
O’erawes the subject Earth, my Verse survive
Familiar in the mouths of men! and if        10
A bard may prophesy, while time shall last
Endure, and die but with the dying world!
 
 
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