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OLUMUS fanè cum Fabio Horatiuma um in quibufdam interpretari, ideoque locos omnes parùm caftos honeftà (uti fperamus) fraude ad verecundiam quodammodo revocavimus. Tantum enim abeft ut juvenes ab afterifcis (quibus editiones in ufum Delph. fcatent) quo minùs quædam legant, impediantur, ut potiùs exinde dirigatur, imò invitetur eorum curva in pravum curiofitas.

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Q. HORATII FLACCI

CARMINUM

LIBER I.

CARMEN I.

AD CILNIUM MECENATEM.

Aligs aliis ftudiis duci: Je lyrici vatis gloriam ambire, unius Macenatis judicio obtinendam.

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ECENAS atavis edite regibus,

O & præfidium & dulce decus meum !
Sunt quos curriculo pulverem Olympicum

Collegiffe juvat, metaque fervidis
Evitata rotis, palmaque nobilis
Terrarum dominos evehit * ad Deos.
Hunc, fi mobilium † turba Quiritium
Certat tergeminis tollere honoribus;
Illum, fi proprio condidit horreo
Quidquid de Libycis verritur areis ;

Evehere. Bentl.
Nunc, fi nobilium.

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All men have different attachments: HORACE's tafte is for Lyric poetry, for the fuccess of which he depends upon the patronage of MECENAS.

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AECENAS, defcended from royal ancestors, O both my protection and my darling honour! There are fome whofe delight it is to have collected Olympic duft in the chariot race; and whom the goal nicely avoided by glowing wheels, and the noble palm, exalts to the Gods-the governors of

the world.

This man, if an affembly of the capricious Roman commonalty be bent to raise him to the highest dignities; another, if he hath * ftored up in his own granary whatsoever is swept from the Lybian threshing*Hath imported vast quantities of corn from Africa.

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Gaudentem patrios findere farculo
Agros, Attalicis conditionibus
Nunquam dimoveas, ut trabe Cypria
Myrtoum pavidus nauta fecet mare.
Luctantem Icariis fluctibus Africum
Mercator metuens, otium & oppidi
Laudat rura fui: mox reficit rates
Quaffas, indocilis pauperiem pati.
Eft qui nec veteris pocula Maffici,
Nec partem folido demere de die
Spernit, nunc viridi membra fub arbuto
Stratus, nunc ad aquæ lene caput facræ.
Multos caftra juvant, & lituo tubæ
Permiftus fonitus, bellaque matribus
Deteftata. Manet fub Jove frigido
Venator, teneræ conjugis immemor:
Seu vifa eft catulis cerva fidelibus,
Seu rupit teretes Marfus aper plagas.
Me* doctarum ederæ præmia frontium
Dis mifcent fupe is: me gelidum nemus,
Nympharumque leves cum Satyris chori
Secernunt populo; fi neque tibias
Euterpe cohibet, nec Polyhymnia
Lefboum refugit tendere barbiton.
Quod fi me lyricis vatibus inferes,
Sublimi feriam fidera vertice.

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CARMEN II.

AD AUGUSTUM.

Occafione portentorum, quæ anno ineunte contigerant, Auguftum Horatius a deponendo principatu dehortatur.

IAM fatis terris nivis atque dire

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Grandinis mifit Pater, & rubente

Dextera facras jaculatus arces

Terruit urbem:

*Te. Hare.

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