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

  • And paid them back their debt twice told
  • 'Twas then the elder Nero came
  • To conflict, and in ruin roll'd
  • Stout Raetian kernes of giant frame.
  • O, 'twas a gallant sight to see
  • The shocks that beat upon the brave
  • Who chose to perish and be free!
  • As south winds scourge the rebel wave
  • When through rent clouds the Pleiads weep,
  • So keen his force to smite, and smite
  • The foe, or make his charger leap
  • Through the red furnace of the fight.
  • Thus Daunia's ancient river fares,
  • Proud Aufidus, with bull-like horn,
  • When swoln with choler he prepares
  • A deluge for the fields of corn.
  • So Claudius charged and overthrew
  • The grim barbarian's mail-clad host,
  • The foremost and the hindmost slew,
  • And conquer'd all, and nothing lost.