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A Bid to a House-Party

ad torquatum

Horace: Book I, Epistle 5.

Si potes Archiacis conviva recumbere lectis—”

Torquatus, if you can recline On this cheap furniture of mine, If you are of a mind to dare My frugal vegetable fare, If six-year wine may pass your throat— Then come and visit this here pote. My house is clean, though far from sporty; I'll look for you about 5.40.

Some years ago to-morrow morn Was old Augustus Cæsar born. It is a legal holiday And so we needn’t leave the hay Till noon. To-night we'll fool around Discussing light things and profound: Girls, poetry and aviation, And eke the future of the nation.