Florus, Poems

LCL 434: 426-427

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Florus

I

Ego nolo Caesar esse, ambulare per Britannos . . . . Scythicas pati pruinas.

II–IX. De Qualitate Vitae

II

Bacche, vitium repertor, plenus adsis vitibus, effluas dulcem liquorem, comparandum nectari, conditumque fac vetustum, ne malignis venulis asperum ducat saporem, versus usum in alterum.

III

Mulier intra pectus omnis celat virus pestilens; dulce de labris loquuntur, corde vivunt noxio.

De Qualitate Vitae codd.: Vitium L. Mueller. vitium codd.: vini tu L. Mueller.
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Florus

Florus

Ia

I’ve no mind to be a Caesar, Strolling round among the Britons, . . . . Victim of the Scythian hoar-frosts.b

II–IX. The Quality of Lifec

II

Bacchus, of the vine revealer, let thy fullness aid the vine: Send the dulcet juice aflowing which no nectar can outshine. Grant it ever-mellowing storage lest in veins inimical It produce a smack of roughness turned to vinegar withal.

III

Every woman in her bosom hides a poisonous pestilence: Though the lips speak ne’er so sweetly, yet the heart contrives offence.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.florus-poems.1934