John Milton

The Fifth Ode of Horace,
Lib. I

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John Milton (1608-1674)

The Fifth Ode of Horace, Lib. I

Quis multa gracilis te puer in Rosa, Rendered almost word for word without Rhyme according to the Latin Measure, as near as the Language will permit.

What slender Youth bedewed with liquid odors
Courts thee on Roses in some pleasant Cave,
xxxxPyrrha for whom bindíst thou
xxxxIn wreaths thy golden Hair,
Plain in thy neatness; O how oft shall he
On Faith and changed Gods complain: and Seas
xxxxRough with black winds and storms
xxxxUnwonted shall admire:
Who now enjoys thee credulous, all Gold,
Who always vacant, always amiable
xxxxHopes thee; of flattering gales
xxxxUnmindful. Hapless they
To whom thou untried seemíst fair. Me in my vowed
Picture the sacred wall declares tí have hung
xxxxMy dank and dropping weeds
xxxxTo the stern God of Sea.

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