|The Rhyme Maker
poem, Horace is inviting his friend to drop by. As is the
with many a poor poet, Horace appears to be broke . . . "no
(first stanza) refers to Greece. Cecrops (second stanza) was
mythological first king of Attica and founder of Athens.
Gladstone, the translator of this piece by Horace, was an
important prime minister of Great Britain.
- S. H. Bass
comrade in the days when thou and I (Martin)
hold! 'Tis for Thracian madmen (Martin)
pomp of Persian feast (de Vere)
precious crock (Martin)
common Sabine wine (Martin)
Than you, O valued friend of mine (Field)
A Jar Of Wine (Field)
Quintus Dellius (Field)
Women, and Song (Field)
Tributes to Horace:
On A Wine Of Horace's by Franklin P. Adams
Spring's companions, Thracian gales (Ode 4.12)
(65-8 bce), Roman poet
by William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British poet
Spring's companions, Thracian gales,
warm the billows, fill the sails:
soil is soft; the rivers flow
by the winter snow.
swallow builds; and puts to shame
sorrowing, the Cecropian name;
that for Itys sadly sings,
scourged the barbarous lusts of kings.
his full-fed sheep, the swain
tender grass, indites the strain,
charms the god, that loves to see
dusky hills of Arcady.
of nobles, Virgil mine!
if thou lov'st Calenian wine
thirsty season? Then, with nard
buy it as a fit reward.
tiny box of nard will buy
the Sulpician granary
cask, the liberal nurse of hope,
meet with bitter care to cope.
like you this? Be quick, and bring
bargained share of offering;
I could give thee drink for naught,
wealth in lordly dwellings ought.
ere the lurid death-fire's day,
thou the lust of gain away!
wisdom with unwisdom grace:
well to rave, in time and place.