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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
Poetry and Time (Prefixed to his Life of Vergil)
 
Phocas (circa 500 A.D. (?))
 
 
OVETVSTATIS ueneranda custos,
  regios actus simul et fugacis
temporum cursus docilis referre,
  aurea Clio,
tu nihil magnum sinis interire,        5
nil mori clarum pateris, reseruans
posteris prisci monumenta saecli
  condita libris.
sola fucatis uariare dictis
paginas nescis, set aperta quicquid        10
ueritas prodit, recinis per aeuum
  simplice lingua.
tu senescentis titulos auorum
flore durantis reparas iuuentae;
militat uirtus tibi: te notante        15
  crimina pallent.
tu fori turbas strepitusque litis
effugis dulci moderata cantu,
nec retardari pateris loquellas
  conpede metri.        20
his faue dictis: retegenda uita est
uatis Etrusci, modo qui perenne
Romulae uoci decus adrogauit
  carmine sacro.
 

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