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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: IV. Youth
Lauriger Horatius
From the Medieval Latin
 
Translated by John Addington Symonds

LAUREL-CROWNED Horatius,
  True, how true thy saying!
Swift as wind flies over us
  Time, devouring, slaying.
Where are, oh! those goblets full        5
  Of wine honey-laden,
Strifes and loves and bountiful
  Lips of ruddy maiden?
 
Grows the young grape tenderly,
  And the maid is growing;        10
But the thirsty poet, see,
  Years on him are snowing!
What ’s the use on hoary curls
  Of the bays undying,
If we may not kiss the girls,        15
  Drink while time ’s a-flying?
 
 
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