Odes 1.22

Latin English





Integer vitae scelerisque purus
non eget Mauris iaculis neque arcu
nec venenatis gravida sagittis,
     Fusce, pharetra,

sive per Syrtis iter aestuosas
sive facturus per inhospitalem
Caucasum vel quae loca fabulosus
     lambit Hydaspes.

namque me silva lupus in Sabina,
dum meam canto Lalagem et ultra
terminum curis vagor expeditis,
     fugit inermem;

quale portentum neque militaris
Daunias latis alit aesculetis
nec Iubae tellus generat, leonum
     arida nutrix.

pone me pigris ubi nulla campis
arbor aestiva recreatur aura,
quod latus mundi nebulae malusque
     Iuppiter urget;

pone sub curru nimium propinqui
solis in terra domibus negata:
dulce ridentem Lalagen amabo,
     dulce loquentem.

He who is upright in his way of life and
unstained by guilt, needs not Moorish darts
nor bow nor quiver loaded with poisoned
arrows, Fuscus,

whether his way shall be
through the sweltering Syrtes or the cheerless
Caucasus or the regions that storied
Hydaspes waters.

For as I was singing of my Lalage and wandering
far beyond the boundaries of my estate in the
Sabine woods, unarmed and free from care,
there fled from me a wolf,

a monster such as
not martial Daunia nurtures in her broad oak
forests, nor the parched land of Juba, nurse of
lions, breeds.

Place me on the lifeless plains where no tree
revives under the summer breeze, a region of
the world o'er which brood mists and a
gloomy sky;

set me beneath the chariot of the
sun where it draws too near the earth, in a
land denied for dwellings! I will love my
sweetly laughing, sweetly prattling Lalage.

Odes I.22 is a famous poem in which Horace begins by stating the general principal that the moral person need not fear misfortune. He exemplifies this by recounting a vignette from his own life: while wandering beyond the boundary of his Sabine estate and singing poems about his mistress Lalage, he was approached by a wolf. Instead of attacking Horace, the wolf fled.

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Epistles: 1.7 | 1.10 | 1.14 | 1.16 | 1.18
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Odes: 1.17 | 1.20 | 1.22 | 2.13 | 2.17 | 2.18 | 3.1 | 3.4 | 3.8 | 3.13 | 3.18 | 3.22 | 3.23 | 3.29
Satires: 2.3 | 2.6 | 2.7
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