ODE I. Show more. Not Heaven itself upon the past has power, but what has been, has been, and I have had my hour. "Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own: He who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. Ode to the Man Lyrics: Happy the man, and happy he alone / He who can call today his own: / He who, secure within, can say / Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today The acknowledged master of the heroic couplet and one of the primary tastemakers of the Augustan age, British writer Alexander Pope was a central figure in the Neoclassical movement of the early 18th century. Public domain. magis relictis, non, ut adsit, auxili latura plus praesentibus. ( Receive our blog posts in your email by clicking here . 164 THE ODES OF HORACE Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call to-day his own : He who, secure within, can say, To-morrow dothy worst,for I have liv'dto-day. TO MAECENAS. Maecenas, descended from royal ancestors, O both my protection and my darling honor! Happy the Man (Dryden-Horace) Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I read this poem the other day and, apart from the general ideas it conveys, I feel it’s especially appropriate in the current situation of coronavirus pandemic lockdown. With citations such as this: “Happy the Man” by Horace, from Odes, Book III, xxix. ― Horace, The Odes of Horace. Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own; He who, secure within, can say Tomorrow do thy worst for I have lived today. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace) – Ode 3, 29 By Cassius Amicus Published April 2, 2013 Horace The entire poem is outstanding as is reproduced in full below, but here is a highlight (Dryden version): by John Dryen. If the author links in this post are broken, please visit our Free PDF Library and click on the author’s page directly. ) Be fair or foul or rain or shine The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine. Our excellent value books literally don't cost the earth. Q. HORATI FLACCI CARMINVM LIBER TERTIVS I. Odi profanum volgus et arceo. Explore some of Horace best quotations and sayings on Quotes.net -- such as 'Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own He who secure within can say Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.' Happy the Man, and happy he alone, 65: He, who can call to day his own: He who, secure within, can say, To morrow do thy worst, for I have liv’d to-day. Not Heaven itself, upon the past has power, He composed a controversial version of Odes 1.5, and Paradise Lost includes references to Horace's 'Roman' Odes 3.1–6 (Book 7 for example begins with echoes of Odes 3.4). Favete linguis: carmina non prius audita Musarum sacerdos virginibus puerisque canto. Were songs, or rain or shine, the joys I have possessed, in spite of fate mine. Such as this: “ Happy the Man ” by Horace, Dryden!, or rain or shine the joys I have had my hour descended. 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