Horace for English Readers: Being a Translation of the Poems of Quintus Horatius Flaccus Into English Prose

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Clarendon Press, 1903 - 363 pages
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Page 350 - Socratic papers will direct you in the choice of your subjects ; and words will spontaneously accompany the subject, when it is well conceived. He who has learned what he owes to his country, and what to his friends ; with what affection a parent, a brother, and a stranger, are to be loved ; what is the duty of a senator, what of a judge ; what the duties of a general sent out to war ; he, [I say,] certainly knows how to give suitable attributes to every character.
Page 338 - Many a term which has fallen from use shall have a second birth, and those shall fall that are now in high honor, if so Usage shall will it, in whose hands is the arbitrament, the right and rule of speech.
Page 341 - It is a hard task to treat what is common in a way of your own; and you are doing more rightly in breaking the tale of Troy into acts than in giving the world a new story of your own telling. You may acquire private rights in common ground, provided you will neither linger in the one hackneyed and easy round ; nor trouble to render word for word with the faithfulness of a translator...
Page 108 - I have lived; to-morrow the Sire may fill the sky with black clouds or with cloudless sunshine.
Page 294 - Yet this very man all his household and all his neighbours see to be foul within, though fair without, under his comely skin. If a slave were to say to me, " I never stole or ran away " : my reply would be, " You have your reward ; you are not flogged.
Page 351 - When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully.
Page 346 - My aim shall be a poem so moulded of common materials that all the world may hope as much for itself...
Page 48 - When shall Modesty find again his peer, and stainless Faith, own sister to Justice, and naked Truth?
Page 105 - Till now I have lived my life without complaints from girls, and campaigned with my share of honours. Now my armour and my lyre - its wars are over will hang on this wall which guards the left side of Venus of the sea. Here, over here, lay down my bright torches, the crowbars and the bows that threatened opposing doors. O goddess, who rule the blessed isle of Cyprus, and Memphis never touched by Sithonian snow, lift high your whip, O Queen, and flick disdainful Chloe, just once.
Page 172 - The man who backbites an absent friend ; who fails to defend him when another finds fault ; the man who courts the loud laughter of others, and the reputation of a wit ; who can invent what he never saw ; who cannot keep a secret — that man is black of heart ; of him beware, good Roman.

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