BETA

ATTEMPTS ON HORACE.

I. ‘ Pusicos odi, puer, apparatus,’
Ode i. 38.
No, no, John ; I will not incur the expense ;1
I hate giving money for bouquets of flowers ;2
As for ‘ gathering wild ones’—on such a pretence,3
If you go, you’ll be absent, when wanted, for hours.4
Why place on the table what’s not good to eat ?5
But if a man’s button-hole wants decorating,6
A pansy for mine, as the host, will be neat,7
And be quite smart enough for your own as you’re
waiting.
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