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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: IV. Thought: Poetry: Books
To One who had scoffed at the Poet’s Poverty
Martial (c. 40–c. 104 A.D.)
 
From the Latin by Charles Abraham Elton

YES,—I am poor, Callistratus! I own;
And so was ever; yet not quite unknown,
Graced with a knight’s degree; nor this alone:
But through the world my verse is often sung;
And “That is he!” sounds buzzed from every tongue;        5
And what to few, when dust, the Fates assign,
In bloom and freshness of my days is mine.
Thy ceilings on a hundred columns rest;
Wealth as of upstart freedman bursts thy chest;
Nile flows in fatness o’er thy ample fields;        10
Cisalpine Gaul thy silky fleeces yields.
Lo! Such thou art, and such am I: like me,
Callistratus! thou canst not hope to be;
A hundred of the crowd resemble thee!
 
 
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