IV. CONCLUSION

WE have visualized the person of Horace and made his acquaintance. We have seen in his character and in the character of his times the sources of his greatness as a poet. We have seen in him the interpreter of his own times and the interpreter of the human heart in all times. We have traced the course of his influence through the ages as both man and poet. We have seen in him not only the interpreter of life, but a dynamic power that makes for the love of men, for righteousness, and for happier living. We have seen in him an example of the word made flesh. "He has forged a link of union," writes Tyrrell, "between intellects so diverse as those of Dante, Montaigne, Bossuet, La Fontaine, Voltaire, Hooker, Chesterfield, Gibbon, Wordsworth, Thackeray."

To know Horace is to enter into a great communion of twenty centuries,-- the communion of taste, the communion of charity, the communion of sane and kindly wisdom, the communion of the genuine, the communion

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  • Our Debt to Greece and Rome ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Sabine Hills vii
  • Editors' Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Introduction: the Dynamism Of the Few xiii
  • Horace and His Influence 3
  • Ii. Horace Through the Ages - Introductory 69
  • Iii. Horace the Dynamic - The Cultivated Few 127
  • Iv. Conclusion 168
  • Notes and Bibliography 171
  • Notes and Bibliography 173
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