William Cowper

Horace, Book I. Ode XXXVIII. (2)

William Macquarie Cowper was an Australian Anglican archdeacon and Dean of Sydney.

Boy! I detest all Persian fopperies,
Fillet-bound garlands are to me disgusting;
Task not thyself with any search, I charge thee,
Where latest roses linger.
Bring me alone (for thou wilt find that readily)
Plain myrtle. Myrtle neither will disparage
Thee occupied to serve me, or me drinking
Beneath my vine's cool shelter.

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