While studying Classics for my B.A. I became enamoured of the Roman Augustan poet Horace. His reflections on life and how we live in the shadow of death became an influence on my outlook even before I realized how they were informed by Epicurean philosophy. Odes I,IV is one of the first Latin poems I even translated myself and remains a favorite. The poet rhapsodizes on the joys of Spring, then shifts tone with a stark reminder of our mortality and that these joys must be enjoyed while they can be. This translation is from A. S. Kline's website, where he has translated all of Horace's works.
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