A Plea for the Present
Horace: Book I, Ode 11.
“Tu ne quaesieris, scire nefas—”
Be not, I pray, so curious For knowledge; it’s injurious
And compute yourEvery chance.
’T would be a source of pain to you To find what years remain to you
And the weatherIn advance.
Life? Don’t have such a thirst of it; The best you get’s the worst of it!
They assever.Watch your step!
While I’ve been oratorical Pa Tempus (metaphorical)
Me by flying.—Are you hep?