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2BT.22.] TO HELEN THOREAU. 33
per moratur. Memento scribere intra duas heb- domedas.
Te valere desiderium est
P. S. Epistolam die soils proxima expecta- mus. (Amanuense, H. D. T.)
Barring a few slips, this is a good and lively piece of Latin, and noticeable for its thought as well as its learning and humor. The poets were evidently his favorites among Latin authors. Shall we attempt a free translation, such as Thoreau would give ?
CONCOKD, January 23, 1840.
DEAR SISTER, There is a huge snowdrift at the door, and the cold inside is intolerable. The very sky is coming down, I guess, and covering up the ground. I turn out late in the morning, and go to bed early ; there is thick frost on the windows, shutting out the view ; and here I write in pain, for fingers and brains are numb. I would chant with Horace, if my voice did not stick in my throat,
See how Nashawtuck, deep in snow, Stands glittering , while the bending woods