Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ODES I, 5, by QUINTUS HORATIUS FLACCUS



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ODES I, 5, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: What slender youth bedewed with liquid odours
Last Line: To the stern god of sea.
Alternate Author Name(s): Horace


What slender youth bedewed with liquid odours
Courts thee on roses in some pleasant cave,
Pyrrha? For whom bind'st thou
In wreaths thy golden hair,
Plain in thy neatness? O how oft shall he
On faith and changed gods complain: and seas
Rough with black winds and storms
Unwonted shall admire:
Who now enjoys thee credulous, all gold,
Who always vacant always amiable
Hopes thee; of flattering gales
Unmindful? Hapless they
To whom thou untried seem'st fair. Me in my vowed
Picture the sacred wall declares t' have hung
My dank and dropping weeds
To the stern god of sea.





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