MÆCENAS  SPARS  WITH  HIS  POET


Multa fero, ut placem genus irritabile vatum,
ne supra crepidam sutor judicaret. (Ib. 102)

    (I have to submit to much in order to pacify the sensitive race of poets.)

Quodcumque ostendis mihi sic, incredulus odi. (Ib. 188)

    (Anything that you thus thrust upon my sight, I discredit and revolt at.)

"Pictoribus atque poetis
quidlibet audendi semper fuit aequa potestas."
Scimus et hanc veniam petimusque damusque vicissim.
(Ars Poetica, 9)

    ("Poets and painters," you say,
    "have always had an equal licence in daring invention."
    We know it: this [a.o. association and free speech] liberty
    we claim for ourselves and give again to others.)


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