Odes

Horace

Horace, creator; Conington, John, 1825-1869, editor

  • Heap the grassy altar up,
  • Bring vervain, boys, and sacred frankincense;
  • Fill the sacrificial cup;
  • A victim's blood will soothe her vehemence.
  • Not large my cups, nor rich my cheer,
  • This Sabine wine, which erst I seal'd,
  • That day the applauding theatre
  • Your welcome peal'd,
  • Dear knight Maecenas! as 'twere fain
  • That your paternal river's banks,
  • And Vatican, in sportive strain,
  • Should echo thanks.
  • For you Calenian grapes are press'd,
  • And Caecuban; these cups of mine
  • Falernum's bounty ne'er has bless'd,
  • Nor Formian vine.