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AD MAGISTRUM LUDI

DE M. ANTONIO

Now Antoninus, in a smiling age,
Counts of his life the fifteenth finished stage.
The rounded days and the safe years he sees,
Nor fears death's water mounting round his knees.
To him remembering not one day is sad,
Not one but that its memory makes him glad.
So good men lengthen life; and to recall
The past is to have twice enjoyed it all.

 

AD MAGISTRUM LUDI

(Unfinished Draft.)

Now in the sky
And on the hearth of
Now in a drawer the direful cane,
That sceptre of the ... reign,
And the long hawser, that on the back
Of Marsyas fell with many a whack,
Twice hardened out of Scythian hides,
Now sleep till the October ides.


In summer if the boys be well.