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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Licenza
Fons Bandusia
Horace (65–8 B.C.)
 
(From The Odes)
Translated by R. M. Hovenden

BANDUSIAN fountain, crystal-bright,
  With duly offered flowers and wine
  To-morrow shall a kid be thine,
Whose front, with sprouting horns bedight,
 
Foretokens love and battle-shock:        5
  Vain token; for thy chilling flood
  Must take the crimson of his blood,
Young promise of the wanton flock.
 
In sultry dog-day’s hottest noon,
  Unsunned, a cool repose art thou        10
  To oxen from the toilsome plough,
To wandering sheep a welcome boon.
 
Henceforth run on, patrician spring,
  Made noble by my verse, that gave
  To fame that ilex-sheltered cave        15
Whereon thy babbling waters ring.
 
 
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