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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
The Power of Song
 
Sextus Propertius (c.50 B.C.–c.16 B.C.)
 
 
ORPHEA delenisse feras et concita dicunt
  flumina Threiciae succinuisse lyrae:
saxa Cithaeronis Thebas agitata per artem
  sponte sua in muri membra coisse ferunt;
quin etiam, Polypheme, fera Galatea sub Aetna        5
  ad tua rorantis carmina flexit equos:
miremur, nobis et Baccho et Apolline dextro,
  turba puellarum si mea uerba colit?
quod non Taenariis domus est mihi fulta columnis,
  nec camera auratas inter eburna trabes,        10
nec mea Phaeacas aequant pomaria siluas,
  non operosa rigat Marcius antra liquor;
at Musae comites, et carmina cara legenti,
  et defessa choris Calliopea meis.
fortunata, meo si qua est celebrata libello!        15
  carmina erunt formae tot monumenta tuae.
nam neque Pyramidum sumptus ad sidera ducti,
  nec Iouis Elei caelum imitata domus,
nec Mausolei diues fortuna sepulcri
  mortis ab extrema condicione uacant:        20
aut illis flamma aut imber subducit honores,
  annorum aut ictus pondere uicta ruent.
at non ingenio quaesitum nomen ab aeuo
  excidet: ingenio stat sine morte decus.
 

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