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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
‘Too Adventurous Wings’
 
Tiberianus (fl. A.D. 335.)
 
 
ALES, dum madidis grauata pennis
  udos tardius explicat uolatus,
defecta in medio repente nisu
capta est pondere depremente plumae:
cassato solito uigore pennae,        5
quae uitam dederant, dedere letum;
ac, quis ardua nunc tenebat alis,
isdem protinus incidit ruinae.
quid sublimia circuisse prodest?
qui celsi steterant, iacent sub imis!        10
exemplum capiant, nimis petendo
qui mentis tumidi uolant secundis.
 

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