Thursday, December 5, 2013

Light burden

Nelson Mandela

              This is the place where Jove
              Kindly permits the spring
              To last for a long time
                And kindly permits the winter
              To be as mild as can be.
                Septimius, Tarentum
              And the blessed hills around it,
                The countryside of my childhood,
              Summon you and me.

The Odes of Horace
  To Septimius
  ii, 6  [fragment]
David Ferry, translation
op. cit.

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