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I. TRAGIC LAMBIC AND TROCHAIC METRES.
1. A GAIN more precious than a friend is none.
Many are table friends, not friends of truth.
Friend to thyself too much, thou'lt have no friend. 2. Time is the test of friends, as fire of gold.
For wife and friend must toil be undergone.
You will be wise consorting with the wise, 3. Fortune bestows on some, and takes from others.
Consider all misfortunes common stock.
A lucky chance is living without sorrow.
How easily do splendid fortunes fall!
The prosperous man has need to think on God. 5. Deem gain a gain, provided it be just;
Dishonest gains produce calamities.
Who knows not letters sees not when he sees. 6. 'Tis time alone displays the righteous man.
Virtue is the most powerful arm to mortals.
7. In anger no man safely counselleth.
Thou art mortal, cherish not immortal wrath.
Prevail o'er anger by reflecting well.
Death is to be preferred to evil life.
It is not base to die, but to die basely.
Many who are well off are minded ill.
The envious man is his own enemy.
Hunger the teacher is of many things.
Ease will not feed poor men that do not work. 11. A sword the body wounds, a word the mind."
An evil thing is laughter out of season.
Of a sick soul the remedy is speech.
Twice to commit the same fault marks the unwise.
God doth not close his ear to righteous prayer. 13. The man who is not scourged will not be taught.
Sweet are the uses of adversity.
When an oak falleth, every one turns woodman. 14. Facient malorum te malum consortia.
Hominem malignum ne viæ comitem cape.
Majora perdes, minima ni servaveris. 15. As cold water to the thirsty,
So is good news from a far country.
As a bird that wanders from its nest,
So is a man that wanders from his home.
So honour is not becoming to a fool.
And a rod for the back of the fool.
Who bears false witness against his neighbour.
But who is able to stand before jealousy? 18. Boast not thyself of to-morrow :
For thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
But to the hungry a bitter thing is sweet. 19. Oil and perfume gladden the heart:
Sweet too is a friend by hearty counsel.
But the kisses of enemies are deceitful. 20. Consider well where thy foot is going ;
So shall thy steps be all secure.
Withdraw thy foot from evil.
Boy suiteth boy, and woman chimes with woman,
Would'st thou unburied see
And pass unbidden o'er the Stygian pool ? 23. Because I hold the laws in due respect,
And fear to be unjust, am I a coward ?
24. When to his home the husband leads the wife, '
'Tis not alone a woman that he brings;
A good or evil fortune, as it haps, 25. Wouldst thou have me forget the sea's calm look
How changeful? In this monster put my trust?
Expose Æneas to the treacherous wind ? 26. Flowers, wherefore do ye bloom ?
We strew thy pathway to the tomb.
To light thy spirit to the skies.
A flow'r that fades as soon as blown ?
Perhaps the tyrant of a day.
With pomp outspreading like a lordly tree:
I sought him, but his place could not be found. 29. The bravest are as blossoms,
And the longest liver dies ;
As the loathsome carrion lies. 30. Alas, thou fearest him :
Immortal as thou art, thou fearest him.
Not even the dead are safe.
The king, the beggar, is the same.
Then sinks into his native clay.
Stand off, and speak thine errand. The abode
Of Shades, and Sleep, and drowsy Night, is here.
None living may the Stygian skiff convey. 33. Whoso, in this our evil day,
Will not his dearest friend betray,
That gods and men should honour'd deem.
Grows old securely, violating law :
Silently pounces on the criminal. 35. Fair moon, why dost thou wane?
That I may wax again.
The Word that said, “Let there be ligbt.'
I to your altars victor on this beach
On the salt flood, and liquid wine outpour. 37. Daughter of him who ruled th’ Athenian plains
This honour'd dust Archedice contains.
Her mind was modest, and unstained her life. 38. The mind of man is such as Jove
Ordains by his immortal will,
His heav'nly purpose to fulfil.
With stroke of axe and sound of falling beams
Pine and broad ash upon the mountain roll. 40. F. Can human sorrows be delights to the gods ?
B. Our sorrows are not, but our troubles may :