Masterpieces of Latin Literature: Terence: Lucretius: Catullus: Virgil: Horace: Tibullus: Propertius: Ovid: Petronius: Martial: Juvenal: Cicero: Caesar: Livy: Tacitus: Pliny the Younger: Apuleius; with Biographical Sketches and Notes

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Saying, "Why weep thy wane, O man?
Wert joyous e'en when life began,
When thy youth's sprightly freshets ran?
"Nay, all the joys thy life e'er knew25
As poured into a sieve fell through,
And left thee but to rail and rue."
Go, fool, as doth a well-filled guest
Sated of life: with tranquil breast
Take thine inheritance of rest.30
Why seekest joys that soon must pale
Their feeble fires, and swell the tale
Of things of nought and no avail?
Die, sleep! For all things are the same;
Tho' spring now stir thy crescent frame,35
'T will wither: all things are the same.
R. Y. TYRRELL.

THE HONEY OF THE MUSES

(IV., 1-25.)

I TRAVERSE the pathless haunts of the Pierides1 never yet trodden by sole of man. I love to approach the untasted springs and to quaff, I love to cull fresh flowers and gather for my head a distinguished crown from spots whence the muses have yet veiled the brows of none; first because I teach of great things and essay to release the mind from the fast bonds of religious scruples, and next because on a dark subject I pen such lucid verses o'erlaying all with the muses' charm.

____________________
The muses.

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