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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Happy The Man

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He, who can call today his own:
He, who secure within, can say
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair,or foul, or rain or shine,
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate are mine.
Not heaven itself upon the past has power;
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.

Translated John Dryden (1631-1700)

Ille potens sui
Laetusque deget. Cui licet in diem
Dixisse vixi: Cras vel atra
Nube Polum pater occupato
Vel sole puro: non tamen irritum
Quodcumque retro est efficiet, neque
Diffiget infectumque reddet
Quod fugiens semel hora vexit.

Horace, Odes 3:29 Lines 41 -48
Odin with His Ravens by Tudor Humphries


Blogger DA said...

That was beautiful. CARPE DIEM!

Wednesday, 25 January, 2006  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Love it! Photo and poem (and translation) nice touch :)

Thursday, 26 January, 2006  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

Seize the day! Thank you Dimitri. I'm glad you enjoyed it :>)

Hiya Lorraine, I put the Latin in in case anyone wanted a stab at translating it themselves, Thanks for visiting and I'll fly by yours later today.

Thursday, 26 January, 2006  

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