Saturday, January 9, 2010

Lays of Ancient Rome - 6

Horatius at the Bridge
by Thomas B. Macaulay


And now hath every city
        Sent up her tale of men;
The foot are fourscore thousand,
        The horse are thousands ten.
Before the gates of Sutrium
        Is met the great array.
A proud man was Lars Porsena
        Upon the trysting day.


For all the Etruscan armies
        Were ranged beneath his eye,
And many a banished Roman,
        And many a stout ally;
And with a mighty following
        To join the muster came
The Tusculan Mamilius,
        Prince of the Latian name.

Continued next week. Tomorrow's installment from the great Arab book Thousand and One Nights.

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This poem celebrates one of the great heroic legends of history. Horatius saves Rome from the Etruscan invaders in 642 BC. Scottish poet Macaulay published this in 1842.

Illustration: Horatio at the Bridge from the first edition.

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