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He o'er whose doomed neck hangs the sword
Unsheathed, the dainties of the South
Shall lack their sweetness in his mouth : No note of bird or harpsichord
Shall bring him Sleep. Yet Sleep is kind,
Nor scorns the huts of labouring men;
The bank where shadows play, the glen Of Tempe dancing in the wind.
He, who but asks ‘Enough,' defies
Wild waves to rob him of his ease;
He fears no rude shocks, when he sees Arcturus set or Hædus rise :
When hailstones lash his vines, or fails
His farm its promise, now of rains
And now of stars that parch the plains Complaining, or unkindly gales.
-In straitened seas the fish are pent;
For dams are sunk into the deep:
Pile upon pile the builders heap, And he, whom earth could not content,
The Master. Yet shall Fear and Hate
Climb where the Master climbs : nor e'er
From the armed trireme parts black Care; He sits behind, the horseman's mate.
And if red marble shall not ease
The heartache; nor the shell that shines
Star-bright; nor all Falernum's vines, All scents that charmed Achæmenes :
Why should I rear me halls of rare
Design, on proud shafts mounting high?
Why bid my Sabine vale goodbye For doubled wealth and doubled care?
FRIEND! with a poor man's straits to fight
Let warfare teach thy stalwart boy:
Let him the Parthian's front annoy With lance in rest, a dreaded knight:
Live in the field, inure his eye
To danger. From the foeman's wall
May the armed tyrant's dame, with all Her damsels, gaze on him, and sigh,
“Dare not, in war unschooled, to rouse
Yon Lion—whom to touch is death,
To whom red Anger ever saith, 'Slay and slay on'— prince, my spouse !"
-Honoured and blest the patriot dies.
From death the recreant may not flee :
Death shall not spare the faltering knee And coward back of him that flies.
Valour-unbeat, unsullied still
Shines with pure lustre : all too great
To seize or drop the sword of state, Swayed by a people's veering will.
Valour—to souls too great for death
Heav'n op'ning—treads the untrodden way:
And this dull world, this damp cold clay, On wings of scorn, abandoneth.
-Let too the sealed lip honoured be.
The babbler, who'd the secrets tell
Of holy Ceres, shall not dwell
A shallop. Heaven full many a time
Hath with the unclean slain the just :
And halting-footed Vengeance must O'ertake at last the steps of crime.
THE just man's single-purposed mind
Not furious mobs that prompt to ill
May move, nor kings' frowns shake his will Which is as rock; not warrior winds
That keep the seas in wild unrest;
Nor bolt by Jove's own finger hurled :
The fragments of a shivered world Would crash round him still self-possest.
Jove's wandering son reached, thus endowed,
The fiery bastions of the skies;
Thus Pollux; with them Cæsar lies Beside his nectar, radiant-browed.
Honoured for this, by tigers drawn
Rode Bacchus, reining necks before
Untamed; for this War's horses bore Quirinus up from Acheron.