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Language: Latin

Mater ades, mater florum, ludis celebranda iocisis!
Incipes Aprili, transis in tempora Mai:
Alter te fugiens, cum venit, alter habet.
Cum tua sint cedantque tibi confimia mensum,
Et covenit in laudes ille vel ille tuas.
Circ' in hunc exit...

Cur tamen, ut dantur vestes... albae,
Sic haec est cultu versicolore decens?
An quia maturis albescit messis atistis,
Et color et species floribus omnis inset?
Annuit, et motis flores cecidere capillis,
Accidere in mensas ut rose missa solet.

Mater ades, mater florum, ludis celebranda iocisis!
Distulerem partes mense priore tuas,
Incipes Aprili, transis in tempora Mai:

Quaerere conabar, quare lascivia maior
His foret in ludis [liberiorque iocus,]
Sed mihi succurrit numen non esse severum.
Tempora sutilibus cinguntur pota coronis,
Latet iniecta splendida mensa rosa;
Et ebrius incinctis philyra conviva capillis saltat.

Nulla corcnata peraguntur sera fronte,
Nec liquidae vinctis flore bibuntur aquae;
Donec eras mixtus nullis, Acheloe, racemis,
Et gratia sumendae non erat ullae rosae.
Bacchus amat flores: Baccho plaucisse coronam
Ex Ariadeo sidere nosse potes.
Scaene levis decet hanc: ... non est
Illa coturnas inter habenda deas.

Floreat ut toto carmen Nasonis in aevo,
sparge, precor, donis pectora nostra tuis.

Translation(s): ENG

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:44
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