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Callidum, quidquid placuit, jocoso
Condere furto.

Te, boves olim nisi reddidisses

Per dolum amotas, puerum minaci

Voce dum terret, viduus pharetrâ
Risit Apollo.

Quin et Atridas duce te superbos

Ilio dives Priamus relicto

Thessalosque ignes et iniqua Trojae
Castra fefellit.

Tu pias laetis animas reponis

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Sedibus, virgâque levem coërces
Aureâ turbam, superis deorum
Gratus et imis. 20

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The poet advises Leuconoë to enjoy thepresent hour, instead of endeavouring ro pry into the secrets of futurity.

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Tentàris numeros.

Ut melius, quidquid erit, pati!

Seu plures hiemes seu tribuit Jupiter ultimam,
Quae nunc oppositis debilitat pumicibus mare 5
Tyrrhenum, sapias, vina liques, et spatio brevi
Spem longam reseces. Dum loquimur, fugerit invida
Aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

CARMEN XII.

AD CAESAREM AUGUSTUMI.

The poet sings the praises of Jupiter, Minerva, Bacchus, Diana, and Apollo (Dii); of Hercules, Castor, and Pollux (Heroës); of illustrious characters in Romam

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3. temptaris, some Codd.—4. tribuet, some Codd. CARM. 12.—2. sumes, some Codd.; 3. recinit, some Codd.; retinet, one Cod.

poetic. = nec sollicite exploraris Chaldaicas rationes, * nor anxiously investigate the astrological calculations of the Chaldeans.' 8. ut melius ! * how much better.' 4. ultimam, sc. hanc. 5. debilitat, poetic. = collidit (undas, quae se infringunt ad opposita saxa), * breaks the waves by the opposite cliffs.' 6. vina liques, * filter your wine ;' the Romans used to filter the wine through the saccus vinarius (wine-bag) and the colum (strainer), filled with ice, in order to make it clearer and fresher—spatio brevi (ablative absol. or of cause) = quum spatium (vitae) breve sit, or: propter spatium breve (comp. above 1, 4, 15: Vitae summa brevis spem nos ;

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Quid prius dicam solitis parentis
Laudibus, qui res hominum ac deorum,

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13. Quid prius ? dicam solitis parentem, Tea-parentum, some Codd.—15. et (inst. of ac), some Codd.—19. occupabit, some edd.—20 and 21. Pallas honores, Proelius

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Defluit saxis agitatus humor,
Concidunt venti fugiuntque nubes, 80
Et minax—quum sic voluêre—ponto

Unda recumbit.

Romulum post hos prius, an quietum
Pompili regnum memorem, an superbos

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Te minor laetum reget aequus orbem;
Tu gravi curru quaties Olympum,
Tu parum castis inimica mittes

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43. sancta and arto Bentl. conj.—46. Marcellis, Haupt. Conj.—57. latum, some Codd.

bello)—tulit, sc. paupertas et fundus (in the foll. lines.)

43. saeva = Jura, excludens omnem mollitiem, * severe, rigid, strong ' (comp. below Ep. 1, 18, 13: saevo magistro; and ib. 54: saeva militia).

45. occulto aevo (ablative) poetic. = sensim, ut incrementa vix animadvertantur, * insensibly in the course of time.'

47. Julium sidus, poetic. for Julia gens, and at the same time with allusion to Caesaris astrum, the star into which Caesar's soul was believed to have been changed (comp. Ov. Met. 15, 844 sq.: Venus sui Caesaris animam coelestibus intulit astris; and Virg. Ecl. 9, 47: Ecce Dionaei processit Caesaris astrum).

50. orte Saturno, comp. C. 1, 1, 1: edite regibus.

51. magni Caesaris, i. e. Augusti— .fatis = a fatis—tu (sc. Jupiter) regnes secundo Caesare (i. e. ut post te Caesar secundus sit rector orbis terrarum), * reign with Caesar as the second in authority.'

54. egerit triumpho, i. e. triumphans ante se egerit captivos.

57. te (sc. Jove) minor, * inferior to thee alone.'

58. gravi curru, poetic., i. e. tonans et fulgurans, * with thy formidable car.'

59. parum, more expressive negation than nom; parum castis lucis = lucis pollutis ab impiis, * to the posluted groves.'

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