Horace Odes 4.7

Horace Odes 4.7

Diffugere nives, redeunt iam gramina campis
The snows fled in several directions, now the grasses return to the fields and

arboribusque comae,
the leaves [return] to the trees,

mutat terra vices et decrescentia ripas
the earth changes in cycles and the receeding rivers pass by

flumina praetereunt,
their shores,

5 Gratia cum Nymphis geminisque sororibus audet
naked Grace with the nymphs and the twin sisters dares

ducere nuda choros.
to lead the crowds.

inmortalia ne speres, monet annus et almum
The year and the hour, which snatches away the gracious day

quae rapit hora diem.
warns that you should not hope for immortal things.

frigora mitescunt Zephyris, ver proterit aestas
Cold melts with the west wind, the summer, about to perish, crushes the spring,

10 interitura, simul
as soon as fruitful autumn

pomifer autumnus fruges effuderit, et mox
will have brought forth crops, and soon

bruma recurrit iners.
the lazy winter returns.

damna tamen celeres reparant caelestia lunae:
The swift moons however recover the celestial losses:

nos ubi decidimus,
when we fall down,

15 quo pater Aeneas, quo Tullus dives et Ancus,
whither father Aeneas and rich Tullus and Ancus [have fallen],

pulvis et umbra sumus.
we are dust and shadow.

quis scit, an adiciant hodiernae crastina summae
Who knows whether the higher gods will add tomorrow's time

tempora di superi?
to the sum of today?

cuncta manus avidas fugient heredis, amico
Everything, which you will have given to one's own spirit, will flee

20 quae dederis animo.
the greedy hands of the heir.

cum semel occideris, et de te splendida Minos
When you have died once and for all, and Minos

fecerit arbitria,
will have made splendid decisions about you,

non, Torquate, genus, non te facundia, non te
neither, Torquatus, your race, nor your eloquence,

restituet pietas:
nor your piety will restore you:

25 infernis neque enim tenebris Diana pudicum
nor does Diana free Hippolytus from the infernal

liberat Hippolytum,

nec Lethaea valet Theseus abrumpere caro
nor is Theseus powerful enough to break the chains

vincula Pirithoo.
for dear Pirithous.