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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

To know about the future

And compute your

Every chance.

’T would be a source of pain to you To find what years remain to you

To know your length of tether

And the weather

In advance.

Life? Don’t have such a thirst of it; The best you get’s the worst of it!

You can’t be here forever,

They assever.

Watch your step!

While I’ve been oratorical Pa Tempus (metaphorical)

Has, as it were, been guying

Me by flying.

—Are you hep?