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Book I. Ode XVIII. Invitation to his Mistress.

1 OFT Faunus leaves Arcadia's plain,
2 And to the Sabine hill retreats:
3 He guards my flocks from rushing rain,
4 From piercing winds, and scorching heats.
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5 Where lurks the thyme, or shrubs appear,
6 My wanton kids securely play;
7 My goats no pois'nous serpent fear,
8 Safe wand'ring thro' the woodland way.
9 No hostile wolf the fold invades;
10 Ustica's pendent rocks rebound
11 My song; and all the sylvan shades,
12 By Echo taught, return the sound.
13 The gods my verse propitious hear,
14 My head from every danger shield:
15 For you, o'erflows the bounteous year,
16 And Plenty's horn hath heap'd my field.
17 Responsive to the Teian string,
18 Within the sun-defended vale,
19 Here, softly warbling you shall sing
20 Each tender, tuneful, am'rous tale.
21 No rival, here, shall burst the bands
22 That wreathe my charmer's beauteous hair,
23 Nor seize her weakly struggling hands;
24 But Love and Horace guard the fair.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Book I. Ode XVIII. Invitation to his Mistress.
    Themes: rural life; poetry; literature; writing
    Genres: imitation; translation; paraphrase
    References: DMI 26248

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 278-279. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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