Portii Licinii

Richard Lovelace 1618 – 1657



PORTII LICINII.

Si Phoebi soror es, mando tibi, Delia, causam,
  Scilicet, ut fratri quae peto verba feras:
Marmore Sicanio struxi tibi, Delphice, templum,
  Et levibus calamis candida verba dedi.
Nunc, si nos audis, atque es divinus Apollo,
  Dic mihi, qui nummos non habet unde petat.

                 ENGLISHED.

If you are Phoebus sister, Delia, pray,
This my request unto the Sun convay:
O Delphick god, I built thy marble fane,
And sung thy praises with a gentle cane,
Now, if thou art divine Apollo, tell,
Where he, whose purse is empty, may go fill.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AXABXB XXCCXX
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 551
Words 94
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6

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