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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
The Only Immortality
 
Seneca, the younger (c.3 B.C.–A.D. 65)
 
 
i

HAEC urbem circa stulti monumenta laboris
  quasque uides molis, Appia, marmoreas,
pyramidasque ausas uicinum attingere caelum,
  pyramidas, medio quas fugit umbra die,
et Mausoleum, miserae solacia mortis,        5
  intulit externum quo Cleopatra uirum,
concutiet sternetque dies, quoque altius exstat
  quodque opus, hoc illud carpet edetque magis.
carmina sola carent fato mortemque repellunt:
  carminibus uiues semper, Homere, tuis.        10
 
ii

Nullum opus exsurgit quod non annosa uetustas
  expugnet, quod non uertat iniqua dies,
tu licet extollas magnos ad sidera montis
  et Lydas aeques marmore pyramidas.
ingenio mors nulla nocet, uacat undique tutum:        15
  inlaesum semper carmina nomen habent.
 

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