Odes

Horace

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

  • Or Venus, laughter-loving dame,
  • Round whom gay Loves and Pleasures fly;
  • Or thou, if slighted sons may claim
  • A parent's eye,
  • O weary with thy long, long game,
  • Who lov'st fierce shouts and helmets bright,
  • And Moorish warrior's glance of flame
  • Or e'er he smite!
  • Or Maia's son, if now awhile
  • In youthful guise we see thee here,
  • Caesar's avenger—such the style
  • Thou deign'st to bear;
  • Late be thy journey home, and long
  • Thy sojourn with Rome's family;
  • Nor let thy wrath at our great wrong
  • Lend wings to fly.
  • Here take our homage, Chief and Sire;
  • Here wreathe with bay thy conquering brow,
  • And bid the prancing Mede retire,
  • Our Caesar thou!