Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007...9:52 amfrancese

What to pray for (Juvenal, Satire 10.346-366)

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nil ergo optabunt homines? si consilium uis,
permittes ipsis expendere numinibus quid
conueniat nobis rebusque sit utile nostris;
nam pro iucundis aptissima quaeque dabunt di.
carior est illis homo quam sibi. nos animorum 350
inpulsu et caeca magnaque cupidine ducti
coniugium petimus partumque uxoris, at illis
notum qui pueri qualisque futura sit uxor.
ut tamen et poscas aliquid uoueasque sacellis
exta et candiduli diuina thymatula porci, 355
orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
fortem posce animum mortis terrore carentem,
qui spatium uitae extremum inter munera ponat
naturae, qui ferre queat quoscumque labores,
nesciat irasci, cupiat nihil et potiores 360
Herculis aerumnas credat saeuosque labores
et uenere et cenis et pluma Sardanapalli.
monstro quod ipse tibi possis dare; semita certe
tranquillae per uirtutem patet unica uitae.
nullum numen habes, si sit prudentia: nos te, 365
nos facimus, Fortuna, deam caeloque locamus.

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2 Comments

  •   Karen McCormack
    February 9th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I’m trying to download What to pray for (Juvenal, Satire 10.346-366) on iTunes, but it’s not available. Is there some other way that I can get a copy?

    Thanks,

    Karen McCormack

  • Hi Karen–
    Sorry for the slow response. Send me an email (francese@dickinson.edu) and I’ll send you an .mp3 directly.

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