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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
To Silius-Italicus
 
Martial (c.A.D. 40–c.A.D. 104)
 
 
To lay aside the Punica, and read the light Verses of Martial


SILI, Castalidum decus sororum,
  qui periuria barbari furoris
ingenti premis ore perfidosque
astus Hannibalis leuisque Poenos
magnis cedere cogis Africanis:        5
paulum seposita seueritate,
dum blanda uagus alea December
incertis sonat hinc et hinc fritillis
et ludit tropa nequiore talo,
nostris otia commoda Camenis,        10
nec torua lege fronte, sed remissa
lasciuis madidos iocis libellos.
sic forsan tener ausus est Catullus
magno mittere passerem Maroni.
 

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