Long was the statue delayed and much was it hindered in making.[p. 249] 13.
Finally, you being consul, it stood in its lofty position.
Just at the moment of time, which the gods had set and predicted,
When on column exalted the sceptre of Jove was illumined,
Did Allobrogian voices proclaim to Senate and people
What destruction by dagger and torch was prepared for our country.
1Rightly, therefore, the ancients whose monuments you have in keeping,
Romans whose rule over peoples and cities was just and courageous,
Rightly your kindred, foremost in honour and pious devotion,
Far surpassing the rest of their fellows in shrewdness and wisdom,
Held it a duty supreme to honour the Infinite Godhead.Such were the truths they beheld who painfully searching for wisdom
Gladly devoted their leisure to study of all that was noble,
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1 Cf. Cic. Cat. i. 1; ib. iii, 8.
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