The Odes and Carmen Saeculare/Book 3/Part 28

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XXVIII.

Festo quid potius.

NEPTUNE'S feast-day! what should man
Think first of doing? Lyde mine, be bold,
Broach the treasured Cæcuban,
And batter Wisdom in her own stronghold.
Now the noon has pass'd the full,
Yet sure you deem swift Time has made a halt,
Tardy as you are to pull
Old Bibulus' wine-jar from its sleepy vault.
I will take my turn and sing
Neptune and Nereus' train with locks of green;
You shall warble to the string
Latona and her Cynthia's arrowy sheen.

Hers our latest song, who sways
Cnidos and Cyclads, and to Paphos goes
With her swans, on holydays;
Night too shall claim the homage music owes.