PERSIAN FOPPERIES (ODES, I, 38)
by: Horace (Quintus Horatius
Flaccus) (65-8 B.C.)
- OY, I hate
their empty shows,
- Persian garlands I detest,
- Bring not me the late-bloom rose
- Lingering after all the rest:
- Plainer myrtle pleases me
- Thus outstretched beneath my vine,
- Myrtle more becoming thee,
- Waiting with thy master's wine.
POEMS BY HORACE
This English translation of "Persian
Fopperies" was composed by William Cowper (1731-1800).