Horace: Odes Bk I, xi, translated by Wikisource


Tu ne quaesieris, scire nefas, quem mihi, quem tibi

You should not ask, it is unholy to know, for me or for you


finem di dederint, Leuconoe, nec Babylonios

what end the gods will have given, O Leuconoe, nor Babylonian


temptaris numeros. ut melius quidquid erit pati,

calculations attempt. Much better it is whatever will be to endure,


seu pluris hiemes seu tribuit Iuppiter ultimam,

whether more winters Jupiter has allotted or the last,


quae nunc oppositis debilitat pumicibus mare

which now weakens against opposing rocks the sea


Tyrrhenum: sapias, vina liques, et spatio brevi

Tyrrhenian: be wise, strain your wines, and because of brief life


spem longam reseces. dum loquimur, fugerit invida

cut short long-term hopes. While we are speaking, envious will


aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

a lifetime: seize the day, as little as possible trusting the future.



Horace: Odes, Bk III, xxx, translated by Ted Loker

Exegi monumentum aere perennius,

I have created a monument more lasting than bronze,


regalique situ pyramidum altius,

And higher than the royal site of the pyramids,


quod non imber edax, non Aquilo impotens

Which neither harsh rains nor the wild North wind


possit diruere aut innumerabilis

Can erode, nor the countless


annorum series et fuga temporum.

succession of years and the flight of the seasons.


Non omnis moriar, multaque pars mei

I will not entirely die! and a large part of me


vitabit Libitinam. Usque ego postera

will avoid the grave. Constantly renewed,


crescam laude recens. Dum Capitolium

I will grow in the eyes of posterity,


scandet cum tacita virgine pontifex.

So long as the Pontifex and the solemn Vestal visit the Capitoline.


dicar, qua violens obstrepit Aufidus

Where the river Aufidus roars,


et qua pauper aquae daunus agrestium

and where Daunus in the dry summers, ruled his rural folk,


regnavit populorum ex humili potens,

I, risen to greatness from humble beginnings, will be renowned


princeps Aoelium carmen ad Italos

As the first to adapt the Aoelian verses to Italian meters.


deduxisse modos. Sume superbiam

Take the well-deserved pride, Melpomene,


quaesitam meritis et mihi Delphica

lauro cinge volens, Melpomene, comam.

And freely grant me the wreath of Apollo for my crown.