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The Rhyme Maker
65-8 bce

Theme:  Friends

Other English translations:
Our common Sabine wine (Martin)

 In this poem, Horace is inviting his wealthy friend (and sponsor) to drop by and partake of some "home made" wine that the poet has cellared in anticipation of such an event.  Horace "put it up"  on a memorable day in his friend's life: on the occasion of his return to the public after one of his frequent illnesses, specifically to attend a Roman theatrical production.  The poor poet acknowledges that the wine he offers is inferior to those that his sponsor is accustomed to.

In the "Envoy" stanza, Horace alludes to his friend's financial support for his life as a poet.

Besides his translations of four odes of Horace,  Eugene Field contributes his own poetry to
- S. H. Bass  

more Horace at

Dear comrade in the days when thou and I (Martin)
Hold! hold! 'Tis for Thracian madmen (Martin)
No pomp of Persian feast (de Vere)
O precious crock (Martin)
See, Spring's companion, Thracian gales (Gladstone)
To A Jar Of Wine (Field)
To Quintus Dellius (Field)
Wine, Women, and Song (Field)

Tributes to Horace:
On A Wine Of Horace's by Franklin P. Adams

Stop Button Clutter!
Than you, O valued friend of mine!
Horace (65-8 be)
translation by Eugene Field (1850-1895), American poet

Than you, O valued friend of mine!
A better patron non est –
Come, quaff my home-made Sabine wine –
You'll find it poor but honest.

I put it up that famous day
You patronized the ballet
And the public cheered you such a way
As shook your native valley.

Caecuban and the Calean brand
May elsewhere claim attention,
But I have none of these on hand –
For reasons I'll not mention.


So come! though favors I bestow
Can not be called extensive,
Who better than my friend should know
That they're, at least, expensive!

Ode 1.20 from
Hoosier Lyrics by Eugene Field (1905)


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