His Monument

Franklin P. Adams

 Next Poem          

Horace: Book III, Ode 30

"Exegi monumentum aere perennius---"

The monument that I have built is durable as brass,
And loftier than the Pyramids which mock the years that pass.
No blizzard can destroy it, nor furious rain corrode--
Remember, I'm the bard who built the first Horatian Ode.

I shall not altogether die; a part of me's immortal.
A part of me shall never pass the mortuary portal;
And when I die my fame shall stand the nitric test of time--
The fame of me of lowly birth, who built the lofty rhyme!

Ay, fame shall be my portion when no trace there is of me,
For I first made├ćolian songs the songs of Italy.
Accept I pray, Melpomene, my modest mead of praise,
And crown my thinning, graying locks with wreathes of Delphic bays!

Next Poem 

 Back to Franklin P. Adams
Get a free collection of Classic Poetry ↓

Receive the ebook in seconds 50 poems from 50 different authors

To be able to leave a comment here you must be registered. Log in or Sign up.