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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
Soracte, the Mountain
Horace (65–8 B.C.)
(From Odes)
Translated by R. M. Hovenden

SEE, Thaliarch, how deep in snow
  Soracte stands, the laboring woods
  Bend with their load, and wintry floods,
Benumbed with frost, forget to flow.
Heap log on log the spell to thaw:        5
  Shall winter’s frown our banquet mar?
  Or from thy raciest Sabine jar
Brimful the generous magnum draw.
Commit the rest to Jove’s high hand:
  At the first bidding of his will        10
  The wave and brawling wind are still,
Erect the ash and cypress stand.
Why, curious, turn the morrow’s page?
  Set down as gain whatever chance
  The day affords; enjoy the dance,        15
Make love; full soon will peevish age
Put such toys by. Now let us go
  Where open square and public walk
  Buzz all around with whispered talk
And sighs at nightfall breathing low:        20
Thence track the scarce reluctant maid
  By laughter to her form, and snatch
  From arm or hand the ring to match,
Whereon sweet forfeit must be paid.

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