Franklin Pierce Adams

(15 November 1881 – 23 March 1960 / Chicago, Illinois)

Glycera Rediviva - Poem by Franklin Pierce Adams

Horace: Book I, Ode 19

"Mater sæva Cupidinum"


Venus, the cruel mother of
The Cupids (symbolising Love),
Bids me to muse upon and sigh
For things to which I've said "Good-bye!"

Believe me or believe me not,
I give this Glycera girl a lot:
Pure Parian marble are her arms--
And she has eighty other charms.

Venus has left her Cyprus home
And will not let me pull a pome
About the Parthians, fierce and rough,
The Scythian war, and all that stuff.

Set up, O slaves, a verdant shrine!
Uncork a quart of last year's wine!
Place incense here, and here verbenas,
And watch me while I jolly Venus!


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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