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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For ills unseen what remedy is found?
Or who can probe the undiscover'd wound?
The bed avails not, nor the leech's care,
Nor changing skies can hurt, nor sultry air.
'T is hard th' elusive symptoms to explore;95
To-day the lover walks, to-morrow is no more;
A train of mourning friends attend his pall,
And wonder at the sudden funeral.
When then my fates that breath they gave shall
claim,
And the short marble but preserve a name,100
A little verse my all that shall remain,
Thy passing courser's slacken'd speed restrain,
(Thou envied honor of thy poet's days,
Of all our youth th' ambition and the praise!)
Then to my quiet urn awhile draw near,105
And say, while o'er the place you drop a tear,
"Love and the fair were of his life the pride;
He lived, while she was kind; and when she frown'd,
he died."
THOMAS GRAY.

A CHANGE OF VIEW
(III., 5, 19 seq.)
LONG as of youth the joyous hours remain,
Me may Castalia's1 sweet recess detain,
Fast by th' umbrageous vale lull'd to repose,
Where Aganippe2 warbles as it flows;
Or roused by sprightly sounds from out trance,
I'd in the ring knit hands, and join the Muses' dance.
1 A spring on Mt. Parnassus sacred to Apollo and the Muses.
2 A spring on Mt. Helicon in Boeotia.

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