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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
The Truth about Horace
By Eugene Field (1850–1895)
 
From “The Little Book of Western Verse”

IT is very aggravating
To hear the solemn prating
Of the fossils who are stating
  That old Horace was a prude;
When we know that with the ladies        5
He was always raising Hades,
And with many an escapade his
  Best productions are imbued.
 
There’s really not much harm in a
Large number of his carmina,        10
But these people find alarm in a
  Few records of his acts;
So they’d squelch the music caloric,
And to students sophomoric
They’d present as metaphoric        15
  What old Horace meant for facts.
 
We have always thought ’em lazy;
Now we adjudge ’em crazy!
Why, Horace was a daisy
  That was very much alive!        20
And the wisest of us know him
As his Lydia verses show him—
Go read that virile poem—
  It is No. 25.
  He was a very owl, sir,        25
And starting out to prowl, sir,
You bet he made Rome howl, sir,
  Until he filled his date;
With a massic-laden ditty,
And a classic maiden pretty,        30
He painted up the city,
  And Mæcenas paid the freight!
 
 
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