l-4. 'Hence, ye profane ; I hate you all;| Both the great vulgar and the small. |To virgin minds, which yet their native whiteness hold . . . these truths I tell' (Cowley's Paraphrase (Of Greatness)) . Cf. Verg. Aen. 6.258; Aristoph. Frogs 353 sqq. ; Callim. Hymn. Apoll. 2.2.
profanum: profanus is applied to anything that is outside the temple; here uninitiated, of the multitude who were not in a position to profit by the poet's teaching. The metaphor of the sacred mysteries of poetry begun by profanum is kept up in favete linguis and Musarum sacerdos.
favete linguis: lit., be propitious with your tongues, i.e. speak only words of good omen, but as ill-omened words could be surely avoided only by silence, keep sacred silence; Verg. Aen. 5.71, ore favete; Ov. Am. 3.13.29; Propert. 5.6.1; Tibull. 2.2.1; εὐφημεῖτε, Aristoph. Frogs, 354, Thesm. 39; Acharn. 237. Cf. Pater, Marius, Cap. 1. 'There was a devout effort to complete this impressive outward silence by that inward tacitness of mind, esteemed so important by religious Romans in the performance of their sacred functions.' Quintil. Decl., Templum in quo verbis parcimus, in quo animos componimus, in quo tacitam etiam mentem custodimus; Sen. Dial. 7, hoc verbum non, ut plerique existimant, a favore trahitur, sed imperatur silentium, ut rite peragi possit sacrum nulla voce mala obstrepente. non prius audita: the claim to originality is based primarily on the content and tone of these odes rather than upon the employment of the Alcaic meter. But cf. 2.20.1. n.; 3.30.13. n.; Epp. 1.19.23, 32.
sacerdos: cf. Vergil's pii vates and Musae quarum sacra fero (G. 2.475); Milt., 'Smit with the love of Sacred Song'; Ov. Am. 3.8.23, ille ego Musarum purus Phoebique sacerdos; Theoc. 16.29. Ancient critics thought of the poet as a teacher; Epp. 2.1.126 sqq.; Aristoph. Frogs 1054; Jebb, Gk. Poetry, p.226.
virginibus puerisque: a formula and familiar quotation; Ov. Trist. 2.369, Fabula iucundi nulla est sine amore Menandri,| Et solet hic pueris virginibusque legi; Martial, 9.68.2, calls a schoolmaster, invisum pueris virginibusque caput. Cf. 3.69.7; Horace sings to the unspoiled 'jeunesse des écoles'; it is in the rising generation that he places his hopes.
regum, etc. : "Twixt kings and subjects ther's this mighty odds,| Subjects are taught by men; kings by the Gods' (Herrick, 25); 'But hear ye this, ye sons of men!| They that bear rule and are obey'd,| Unto a rule more strong than theirs |Are in their turn obedient made' (Arnold, The Sick King in Bokhara); δοῦλοι βασιλέων εἰσιν ὁ βασιλεὺς θεῶν, Philemon; Suet. Caes. 6; Sen. Thyest. 607 sqq. timendorum: dread. With regum timendorum supply imperium est from the next line. in: the authority and awe go out to; translate over. Cf. 4.4.2, regnum in avis; Plaut. Men. 1030, “siquid imperist in te mihi”; Propert. 4.10.18, inque meum semper stent tua regna caput; Ov. Fast. 3.316. greges: in the tone rather of Seneca's ignoti servorum domino greges (Contr. 2.1.26) than of Homer's kindly ποιμένες λαῶν, shepherds of the people.
Giganteo: 2. 12. 7; 2. 19. 22; 3. 4.50; Γιγαντολέτωρ (Lucian, Tim. 4).
supercilio moventis: the phrase is a development from the Olympus-shaking nod of Zeus in Homer, Il.1. 528-30; Verg. Aen. 9.106; Catull. 64.204; Ov. Met. 1.180; 'His black eye-brow whose doomful dreaded beck| Is wont to wield the world unto his will' (Spencer, Mutability, 6.22); Dion. Orat. 12.383 R.,τοῦ δινήσαντος ὀλίγῳ νεύματι τ̂ν ὀφρύων τὸν σύμπαντα Ὄλυμπον ; Mart. 1. 4.2, terrarum dominum pone supercilium; Tenn Princess, 'The lifting of whose eyelash is my lord.'
Men differ in wealth, birth, and honor, but the necessity of death makes the odds all even.
est ut: (it) is (true) that; A. G. 569.3; G. L. 553.3.4; H. 571; Ter. Phor. 925, sive est ut velis manere illam apud te; Epp. 1.12.2, non est ut; Epp. 1.1.81, esto aliis alios rebiis studiisque teneri. viro vir: one man . . . than another; frequent juxtaposition. latius: i.e. has a larger estate; 2.2.9; 2.15.2. ordinet: cf. Quintilian's directi in quincuncem ordines, and Pope's 'rank my vines.'
arbusta: the trees to which the vines were wedded; Verg. Ecl. 3.10; G. 2.416; 2.289, ausim vel tenui vitem committere sulco. generosior: of more noble birth.
descendat: literally from the hills on which the palaces of the nobility stood ; metaphorically as competitor into the political arena. Campum: the voting booths, saepta, were in the Campus Martius. The forms of popular election were preserved by the policy of Augustus, Tac. Ann. 1.15, Tum primum (at accession of Tiberius) e Campo comitia ad patres translata sunt.
turba: in his anteroom at the morning reception (Salutatio, Epode 2.7, 8. n.) or in his train at the Forum,--a point of honor with ambitious Romans. Cf. Martial, 11.24.11, ut tibi tuorum|Sit maior numerus togatulorum, and passim; Cic. Muren. 34 (70).
aequa: impartial. 1.4.13; 2.18.32. n., 'Sceptre and crown| Must tumble down,| And in the dust be equal made| With the poor crooked scythe and spade' (Shirley). Necessitas: 1.3.32; 1.35.17; 3.24.6.
sortitur: decides by lot the fate of; Verg. Aen. 3.375, sic fata deum rex |Sortitur. insignis: 1.34.13.
urna: 2.3.26. n.
destrictus ensis: for the story of the proverbial hair-suspended sword of Damocles, see Cic. Tusc. 5.61; Pers. 3.40. Here it symbolizes the terrors of conscience. Cf. Ronsard, Au Sieur Bertrand, 'Celuy qui sur la teste sienne| Voit l'espée sicilienne, | Des douces tables l'appareil| N'irrite sa faim, ny la noise| Du rossignol qui se desgoise| Ne luy rameine le sommeil'; Shelley, Prom. 1, 'Like the Sicilian's hair-suspended sword| Which trembles o'er his crown.' cui: (ei) cui = cuius. impia: transferred, 1.37.7. n.
cervice: Cic. uses plural. Siculae: proverbially luxurious (Otto, s.v.; Athenae. 12.3; Plat. Rep. 404 D); has also a special reference to the fact that Damocles was a Sicilian.
dulcem elaborabunt saporem: acquire (for him) sweetness of taste, the verb implying the pains bestowed upon their preparation.
avium, etc.: for aviaries of singing birds in Roman palaces, see Pliny, N.H. 10.72, 17.6; Rutil. 1.111; Varro, R. R. 3.5. Maecenas suffered from insomnia and was said to seek sleep, per symphoniarum cantum ex longinquo lene resonantium; Sen. Dial. 1.3. But Horace would hardly allude to that. Cf. further Epode 2.28. n.; Epp. 1.2.31; Tibull. 1.2.77; Tenn. Choric Soug, 'Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.'
reducent: re, back, with reference to the sound sleep which he used to enjoy. agrestium . . . virorum: felt with domos, though on account of the position of non . . . non to be construed with somnus. For the thought, cf. Epp. 1.7. 35, somnum plebis laudo; Eccles. 5.12; Anacr. fr. 88; Teles in Stob. 93.31; King Henry's Soliloquy; Hen. IV 2.3.1; Dekker, 'Art thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers? |O sweet content!' Greene, 'The homely house that harbors quiet rest.' Sir John Denham, 'Morpheus the humble god that dwells| In cottages and smoky cells.' See also Statius' beautiful invocation to Somnus, Silv. 5.4.
tempe: 1.7.4. n. ; here generalized for any beautiful valley; Verg. G. 2.469; Catull. 64.35; Theoc. 1.67.
desiderantem, etc.: on the concrete effect of the participle, cf. Sellar, p.194. The golden slumbers of sweet content serve as a transition to moralizing on the blessedness of content generally. quod</ satis est: and nothing more; recurs 3.16. 44; Epp. 1.2.46; PubI. Syr. 677, quod volt habet,qui velle quod satis est potest.
sollicitat: cf. 3.29.26; Epode 2.6, and the expansion of the thought in Merchant of Venice, 1.1, 'Your mind is tossing on the ocean,' etc.
Arcturi cadentis: i.e. in October. Anth. Pal. 7.495 ;
impetus: rush, referring to the storms which occurred at this season. orientis Haedi: the rising of the Haedi, about the middle of October, was also accompanied by storms. Theoc. 7.53; Verg. Aen. 9.668, pluvialibus Haedis; Ov. Trist. 1.11.13.
verberatae: cf. 3.12.3. n., 3.27.24. n.; Shelley, The Cloud, 'I wield the flail Of the (f)lashing hail.' grandine: Epp. 1. 8. 4, haud quia grando| contuderit vitis; Herrick's Christian Militant (324), who is more Horatian than Christian, is a man that 'Feares not the fierce sedition (tumultus !) of the Seas:| That's counterproofe against the Farm's mishaps.'
mendax: deceitful, because it does not yield as much as it promised; the word slightly personifies. But the thought was a commonplace. Cf. 3.16.30; Epp. 1.7.87, spem mentita seges; Verg. G. 2.460, iustissima tellus; Ov. Met. 5.480, arvaque iussit| fallere depositum; Cic. de Offic. 1.15; Pliny, Letters, 9.37; Philemon, τῇ γῇ δανείζειν δρεῖττον ἐστιν ἢ βροτοῖς; Tibull. 2.3.61; Ov. Fast. 4.645; Hosea 9.2 (Vulgate), et vinum mentietur eis; Habakkuk 3.17, mentietur opus olivae. The feigned millionaire in Petron. 117 talks of aurum et argentum, fundosque mendaces et perpetuam terrarum sterilitatem.
arbore . . . culpante: keeps up the personification; the tree (probably the olive tree) offers excuses for the smallness of its yield.
aquas: sc. caelestis, 3.10.20. n.
torrentia: drought was attributed to the influence of the Dog-star. Cf. Epode 16.62.
sidera: cf. ἀστροβλῆτα . . . φυτά; Theophrast, C. P.5.9.1. ciniquas: Arnold, Strayed Reveller, 'Worms| In the unkind spring have knawn |Their melon harvest to the heart'; cursum mutavit iniquum frugibus amnis, A. P.67.
contracta . . . aequora: the narrowing of the sea, on account of the substructures of villas extended into it: cf. 2. 18.21. n.; 3.24.3. n.; Man 1.4.262; Petron. Bell. Civ. 88, expelluntur aquae saxis; Lucan. 2.677, sic ora profundi |arctantur casu nemorum. The hyperbole is perhaps more in Lucan's manner than in that of Horace.
iactis: the technical word; Sen. Thyest. 459, retro mare| iacta fugamus mole; Verg. Aen. 9. 710-12. molibus: the massive foundations of stone. frequens: probably frequens . . . cum . . . famulis, with a throng of laborers rather than frequens redemptor, many a contractor. Cf. Shelley, Alastor, 'Halls| Frequent with crystal column.' Cf. Verg. Aen. 6. 359, cum veste gravatum; Ter. Andr. 1. 1.80, cum illis . . . aderat frequens; Soph. O. R. 750, ἐχώρει βαιός.
caementa: rough stones to fill interstices in foundations. redemptor: cf. 2.18. 18. n. demittit: lets down.
dominus: the owner who is present in person, urging on the work. terrae: with fastidiosus (2. 18.22; Sen. Epist. 89.21, nec contenti solo, etc.).
minae: threatening shapes conjured up by his anxious forebodings.
scandunt: 2.16. 21. neque: so at end of line 1.3. 38; 1.18.3; 2.7.19, nec; 3.29.46.
aerata: 2.16.21; Tenn., 'The thunder of the brazen prows |O'er Actium's Ocean rung.' But this is a private trireme (priva triremis, Epp. 1.1.93), and not a ship of war.
atra Cura: 3.14.13; 4.11.35; 'Old Dives there rolls in his chariot, but mind |Atra Cura is up with the lackeys behind' (Locker, Vanity Fair; cf. Thackeray passim); 'Jove, what a day, black care upon the crupper| Nods at his post and slumbers in the sun' (Dobson) ; 'Sorge sie steiget mit dir zu Ross, sie steiget zu Schiffe' (Goethe, Vier Jahreszeiten, Sommer); 'Le chagrin monte en croupe et galope avec lui' (Boileau, Épitre 5).
quod si: 1.24.13. n. dolentem: i.e. me, i.e. (my) pain -- Latin concreteness. For the thought, cf. Lucret. 2. 48, where quodsi is more suitable, summing up a long impassioned argument. Phrygius lapis: colored marble of Synnada, pavonazetto, used in some of the columns of the Pantheon. Cf. 2.18.3; Stat. Silv. 1.5.36; Martial, 6.42.. 13.
purpurarum: 2.18.8; 2.16. 36. sidere clarior: Il. 6.295, ἀστὴρ ὡς ἀπέλαμπεν (the πέπλος).
usus: for periphrasis, cf. Verg. G. 2.466, nec casia liquidi corrumpitur usus olivi. Clarior is transferred. Cf. 1.37.7. n.
Achaemenium: Persian; 2. 12. 21; Epode 13.8. costum: 2.3.13; 2.7.23; 2.11.16.
invidendis: sure to arouse envy; 2.10.7; Tibull. 3.3.20; Martial, Liber Spect. 2.3, invidiosa feri radiabant atria regis (of Nero's Golden House); Shaks. Tim. of Athens, 3.4, 'Who can speak broader than he that hath no house to put his head in? Such may rail against great buildings.' Does this explain Milton's 'th' Almighty hath not built| Here for his envy,' which puzzles editors?
sublime: Ov. Met. 2. 1, regia solis erat sublimibus alta columnis. novo ri u: in the new style, adverbial with moliar but by position felt rather with sublime. moliar: build; the word points to the massiveness of the structure. It is a moles to build a moles, 2.15.2; 3.29.10; Verg. Aen. 1.33. atrium: luxury still displays itself in the large hall, corresponding to the Roman atrium, 2.18.1-4; cf. Herrick, 'Low is my porch as is my fate;| Both void of state.'
permutem: 1.16.26. n.; 1.17.2. Sabina: cf. Epode, 1.32.n.