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1, peaceful I, no falchion wield; ODE XXIV.
I bend no bow, I poise no shield. · IMITATED.
The flowery garland crowns my hairs,
My hand the powerful goblet bears ; Alas! alas ! I see each day
The powerful goblet, nobly brave,
I drain, and then 'tis sweet to rave.
Talk not to me of pedant rules;
I leave debates to learned fools, I neither can, nor would explore.
Who solemnly in form advise ; Then, since the hours incessant fly,
At best, impertinently wise! They all shall find me crown'd with joy.
To me more pleasing precepts gire, To those, my cares 1 here bequeath,
And teach the science how to live; Who meanly die for fear of death,
To bury in the friendly draught And daily with assiduous strife
Sorrow's that spring from too much thoughts Contrive to live, accurs'd with life.
To learn soft lessons from the fair, Then, Carc, begone! I'd dance and play ; How life may glide exempt from care. Hence, with thy serious face as ay !
Alas! I'm old! I see my head I'll laugh, and whilst gay wine inflames,
With hoary locks by Time o'erspread: I'll court the laughter-loving dames;
Then instant be the goblet brought, And study to resign my breath
To make me young--at least in thought In extasy, and smile in death.
Alas ! incessant speeds the day
And dream of love and wine no more.
See, Winter's past ! the seasons bring
Soft breezes with returning Spring ; To all that curse, yet covet state.
At whose approach the Graces wear Death hastes amain: then who would run Fresh honours in their flowing hair: To meet what most he strives to shun?
The raging Seas forget to roar, Or antedate the dreadful day
And, smiling, gently kiss the shore : By cares, and aid the fiend to slay?
The sportive duck, in wanton play,
Now dives, now rises into day;
And sailing float to warmer air:
Th’ enlivening Suns in glory rise, Then crown the bowl !-ye sorrows, ily
And gaily dance along the skies.
The clouds disperse ; or if in showers
The olive struggles into birth :
The swelling grapes adorn the vine,
And kindly promise future wine : Now bring, by all the powers divine,
Blest juice ! already I in thought
Quaff an imaginary draught.
Give me Homer's tuneful lyre, Raving shed his mother's' blood.
Let the sound my breast inspire !
But with no troublesome delight
Of arms, and heroes slain in fight:
Let it play no conquests here, Alcides, frantic, grasp'd his bow;
Or conquests only o'er the fair! His quiver rattled, stor'd with woe:
Boy, reach that volume--book divine; Stem Ajax shook his glittering blade,
The statutes of the god of wine ! And broad his sevenfold shield display'd :
He, legislator, statutes draws; Dangerous madman ! how he drew
And I, his judge, enforce his laws;
And, faithful to the weighty trust,
Thus round, the bowl impartial flies, • Eryphile.
Clytemnestra. Till to the sprightly dance we rise ;
O DE L.
We frisk it with a lively borind,
Gently touch it, while I sing Charm'd with the lyre's harmonious sound : The Rose, the glory of the Spring. Then pour forth, with an heat divine,
To Heaven the Rose in fragrance flies,
The sweetest incense of the skies.
The gaily-smiling Graces wear,
A trophy in their flowing hair. Sre! see the jolly god appears;
Thee Venus queen of beauty loves, His hand a mighty goblet bears:
And, crown'd with thee, more graceful moves. With sparkling wine full-charg'd it flows,
In fabled song, and tunefu) lays, The sovereign cure of human woes.
Their favourite Rose the Muses praise : Wine gives a kind release from care,
To pluck the Rose, the virgin-train And courage to subdue the fair;
With blood their pretty fingers stain, Instructs the cheerful to advance
Nor dread the pointed terrours round, Harmonious in the sprightly dance:
That threaten, and inflict a wound: Hail, goblet! rich with generous wines !
See ! how they wave the charming toy, See! round the verge a vine-branch twines. Now kiss, now snuff the fragrant joy! See ! how the mimic clusters roll,
The Rose the poets strive to praise As ready to re-fill the borul!
And for it would exchange their bays; Wine keeps its happy patients free
0! ever to the sprightly feast From every painful malady ;
Admitted, welcome, pleasing guest ! Our best physician all the year:
But chiefly when the goblet flows, Thus guarded, no disease we fear,
And rosy wreaths adorn our brows! No troublesome disease of mind,
Lovely smiling Rose, how sweet Until another year grows kind,
The object where thy beauties meet! And loads again the fruitful vine,
Aurora, with a blushing ray,
And rosy fingers, spreads the day:
And every pleas'd beholder seeks
The Rose in Cytheræa's cheeks. lo! the vintage now is done!
When pain afflicts, or sickness grieves, And black'ned with th' autumnal Sun
Its juice the drooping heart relieves ; The grapes, gay youths and virgins bear,
And, after death, its odours shed The sweetest product of the year!
A pleasing fragrance o'er the dead; In vats the heavenly load they lay,
And when its withering charms decay, And swift the damsels trip away:
And sinking, fading, die away, The youths alone the wine-press tread,
Triumphant o'er the rage of Time, For wine 's by skilful drunkards made:
It keeps the fragrance of its prime. Mean time the mirthful song they raise,
Come, lyrist, join to sing the birth lo! Bacchus, to thy praise !
Of this sweet offspring of the Earth! And, eying the blest juice, in thought
When Venus from the Ocean's bed Quaff an imaginary draught.
Rais'd o'er the waves her lovely head; Gaily, through wine, the old advance,
When warlike Pallas sprung from Jove, And doubly tremble in the dance:
Tremendous to the powers above; In fancy'd youth they chaunt and play,
To grace the world, the teeming Earth Forgetful that their locks are grey.
Gave the fragrant infant birth, Through wine, the youth completes his loves; And “ This," she cry'd, “ I this ordain He haunts the silence of the groves:
My favourite, queen of flowers to reign !" Where, stretch'd beneath thị embowering shade, But first th' assembled gods debate He spies some love-inspiring maid:
The future wonder to create: On beds of rosy sweets she lies,
Agreed at length, from Heaven they threw Inviting sleep to close her eyes :
A drop of rich, nectareous dew; Past by her side his limbs he throws,
A bramble-stem the drop receives, Her hand he presses-breathes his vows;
And strait the Rose adorns the leaves. And cries, “ My love, my soul, comply
The gods to Baccbus gave the flower, This instant, or, alas! I die.”,
To grace bim in the genial hour.
When sprightly youths my eyes survey,
In dance my active body swins,
And sudden pinions lift my limbs.
Haste, crown, Cybieba, crown my brows Responsive to my vocal lay:
With garlands of the fragrant rose!
Hence, hoary age!--I now am strong,
No Pythic laurel-wreath I claim, And dance, a youth among the young.
That lifts Ambition into fame: Coins then, my friends, the goblet drain ! My voice unbidden tunes the lay: Blest juice!-I feel thee in each vein!
Some god impels, and I obey. Sce! how with active bounds I spring!
Listen, ye gruves ! -The Muse prepares How strong, and yet, how sweet, I sing !
A sacred song in Phrygian airs; How bl-st am 1! who thus excel
Such as the swan expiring sings,
Melodious by Cäyster's springs,
And to the gods the music bear.
Celestial Muse! attend, and bring
Thy ajd, while I thy Phæbus sing : The stately steed expressive bears
To Phabus and the Muse belong A mark imprinted on his hairs:
The laurel, lyre, and Delphic song. The turban that adorns the brow's
Begin, begin the lofty strain ! Of Asia's sons, the Parthian shows :
How Phoebus lov’d, but lov'd in vain; And inarks betray the lover's heart,
How Daphne fled his guilty Hame, Deeply engravid by Cupid's dart :
And scorn'd a god that off r'd shame. I plainly read them in his eyes,
With glorious pride his vows she hears; That look too foolish, or too wise.
And Heaven, indulgent to her prayers,
ller foliage to reward the brave. Alas! the powers of life decay!
Ah! how, on wings of Love convey'd, My bairs are fall'n, or chang'd to grey!
Hle flew to clasp the panting maid ! The smiling bloom, and youthful grace,
Now, now o'ertakes !--but Heaven deceives Is banish'd from my faded face!
Ilis hope-he seizes only leaves. Thus man beholls, with weeping eyes,
Why fires my raptur'd breast ? ah! why, Himself half-dead before he dies.
Ah! whither strives my soul to fly? For this, and for the grave, I fear,
I feel the pleasing frenzy strong, And pour the never-ceasing tear!
Impulsive to some nobler song: A drearlful prospect strikes my eye;
Let, let the wanton fancy play; I soon must sicken, soon must die.
But guide it, lest it devious stray. For this the mournful groan I shed ;
But oh! in vain, my Muse denies I dread-alas! the hour I dread!
Her aid, a slave to lovely eyes. What eye can stedfastly survey
Suffice it to rehearse the pains Death, and its dark tremendous way?
Of bleeding nymphs, and dying swains; For soon as Fate has clos'd our eyes,
Nor dare to wield the shafts of Love, Man dies—for ever, ever dies!
That wound the gods, and conquer Jove. All pale, all senseless in the urn!
I yield! adieu the lofty strain ! Never, ah! never to return.
I am Anacreon once again :
Again the melting song I play,
Attemper'd to the vocal lay:
See! see! how with attentive ears
The youths imbibe the nectar'd airs !
And quaff, in lowery shades reclin'd, I waken, and spontaneous sing :
My precepts, to regale the mind.