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THE FIFTH ODE OF HORACE,
W HAT slender youth, bedew'd with liquid odours, Courts thee on roses in some pleasant cave,
Pyrrha ? For whom bind’st thou
In wreaths thy golden hair,
Rough with black winds, and storms
Unwonted shall admire!
Hopes thee, of flattering gales
Unmindful. Hapless they,
My dank and dropping weeds
GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH.
Brutus thus addresses Diana in the country of
LEDGECIA.... ? Goddess of shades, and huntress, who at will Walk’st on the rowling spheres, and through the
deep; : On thy third reign, the earth, look now, and tell What land, what seat of rest, thou bidst me seek, What certain seat, where I may worship thee For aye, with temples vow'd and virgin quires.
To whom, sleeping before the altar, DIANA answers
in a vision the same night.. BRUTUS, far to the west, in the ocean wide, Beyond the realm of Gaul, a land there lies, Sea-girt it lies, where giants dwelt of old; Now void, it fits thy people : Thither bend Thy course ; there slralt thou find a lasting seat; There to thy sons another Troy shall rise, And kings be born of thee, whose dreadful might Shall awe the world, and conquer nations bold,
From DANTE. Founded in chaste and humble poverty, 'Gainst them that rais’d thee dost thou lift thy horn, Impudent whore? where hast thou plac'd thy hope In thy adulterers, or thy ill-got wealth ? Another Constantine comes not in haste.
FROM Ariosto. Then pass'd he to a flowery mountain green, Which once smelt sweet, now stinks as odiously : This was the gift, if you the truth will have, That Constantine to good Sylvester gave.
From "HORACE. Whom do we count a good man? Whom but he Who keeps the laws and statutes of the senate, Who judges in great suits and controversies, Whose witness and opinion wins the cause? But his own house, and the whole neighbourhood, Sees his foul inside through his whited skin.
From EURIPIDES. This is true liberty, when freeborn men, Ilaving to advise the public, may speak free; Which he who can, and will, deserves high praise: Who neither can, nor will, may hold his peace ; What can be a juster in a state than this ?
FROM HORACE. --- Joking decides great things, Stronger and better oft than earnest can.
FROM SOPHOCLES. 'Tis you that say it, not I. You do the deeds, And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
DONE INTO VERSE, 1653.
BLESSED is the man who hath not walk'd astray