Horace

Roman, (65-8 BC)

excerpt, Ode 12, Book 3

  1. miserarum neque amore dare ludum neque dulci
  2. mala vino lavere aut exanimari metuentes
  3. patruae verbera linguae
  4.  
  5. tibi qualum cytherae puer ales, tibi telas
  6. operosaeque Minervae studium aufert, Neobule
  7. liparaei nitor hebri
  8.  
  9. simul unctos tiberinis umeros lavit in undis
  10. eques ipso melior bellerophonte, neque pugno
  11. neque segni pede victus
  12.  
  13. catus idem per apertum fugientes agitato
  14. grege cervos iaculari et celer arto latitantem
  15. fruticeto excipere aprum


  1. O those poor sad little ladies, with no chance for love or playing,
  2. Washing off toil with wine, but mad lashings of an uncles’ bad tongue
  3. Forever fearing.
  4.  
  5. To you, Neobule, for a moment now forgetting
  6. The loom’s labor and the boredom of the shuttle, appearing
  7. Like a winged Cupid soaring, that shining image
  8. Hebrus of Lipari,
  9.  
  10. As his smooth slick limbs he plunges in the Tiber’s waters,
  11. Now a better horseman than Bellerophon, now boxing, running
  12. And never beaten,
  13.  
  14. Sharp-eyed, about to spear the deer herd whirling there in the meadow,
  15. Or poised, lance lowered, by the dense thicket, for the huge boar
  16. Hiding… waiting.

Odes, (c. 23-13 BC). This is anexcerptt from Ode 12, Book 3.

Editor’s Note:

A fine commentary on this poem by William Harris, Prof. Em. at Middlebury College is available at: www.community.middlebury.edu/~harris/

About the Poet

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), (65-8 BC), Roman. He was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. [DES-6/03]

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