Odes

Horace

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

  • Who makes the golden mean his guide,
  • Shuns miser's cabin, foul and dark,
  • Shuns gilded roofs, where pomp and pride
  • Are envy's mark.
  • With fiercer blasts the pine's dim height
  • Is rock'd; proud towers with heavier fall
  • Crash to the ground; and thunders smite
  • The mountains tall.
  • In sadness hope, in gladness fear
  • 'Gainst coming change will fortify
  • Your breast. The storms that Jupiter
  • Sweeps o'er the sky
  • He chases. Why should rain today
  • Bring rain tomorrow? Python's foe
  • Is pleased sometimes his lyre to play,
  • Nor bends his bow.
  • Be brave in trouble; meet distress
  • With dauntless front; but when the gale
  • Too prosperous blows, be wise no less,
  • And shorten sail.