Translation:Odes (Horace)/Book I/38

Odes by Horace, translated from Latin by Wikisource
Ode 1.38
Literal English Translation Original Latin Line

I hate Persian furnishments, boy,
wreaths twined around the lime-trees displease.
Cease from seeking the places where
the late rose fades.

Add nothing to the simple myrtle,
I beg, though you are eager: it is not unsuitable for you,
my servant, nor me, [as I sit] beneath the tied
vines, drinking.

Persicōs ōdī, puer, apparātūs,
displicent nexae philyrā corōnae,
mitte sectārī, rosa quō locōrum
     sēra morētur.

Simplicī myrtō nihil adlabōrēs
sēdulus, cūrō: neque tē ministrum
dēdecet myrtus neque mē sub artā
     vīte bibentem.

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