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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
Cleopatra
 
Horace (65 B.C.–8 B.C.)
 
 
NVNC est bibendum, nunc pede libero
  pulsanda tellus; nunc Saliaribus
ornare puluinar deorum
  tempus erat dapibus, sodales.
 
antehac nefas depromere Caecubum        5
cellis auitis, dum Capitolio
  regina dementis ruinas
    funus et imperio parabat
 
contaminato cum grege turpium
morbo uirorum, quidlibet inpotens        10
  sperare fortunaque dulci
    ebria. sed minuit furorem
 
uix una sospes nauis ab ignibus,
mentemque lymphatam Mareotico
  redegit in ueros timores        15
    Caesar ab Italia uolantem
 
remis adurgens, accipiter uelut
mollis columbas aut leporem citus
  uenator in campis niualis
    Haemoniae, daret ut catenis        20
 
fatale monstrum. quae generosius
perire quaerens nec muliebriter
  expauit ensem nec latentis
    classe cita reparauit oras;
 
ausa et iacentem uisere regiam        25
uoltu sereno, fortis et asperas
  tractare serpentis, ut atrum
    corpore conbiberet uenenum.
 
deliberata morte ferocior,
saeuis Liburnis scilicet inuidens        30
  priuata deduci superbo
    non humilis mulier triumpho.
 

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