In Other Words/A Sealed Proposal

A Sealed Proposal


Horace: Book I, Ode 23.

Vitas hinnuleo me similis, Chloë—”

Nay, Chloë, dear, forget your fear, Nor like a frightened fawn outrun me; No savage I to horrify— You shouldn’t shun me.

Come, Chloë, queen, you’re seventeen; There’s many a precedent to back us. Why shouldn’t you be Mrs. Q. Horatius Flaccus?