CONSOLATIO PHILOSOPHIAE 3 metrum 4 TRUE HONOUR
Boethiustr. James Harpur


Quamuis se Tyrio superbus ostro
comeret et niueis lapillis,
inuisus tamen omnibus uigebat
luxuriae Nero saeuientis;
sed quondam dabat improbus uerendis
patribus indecores curules.

Quis illos igitur putet beatos
Quos miseri tribuunt honores?


Strutting around in purple and white pearls
Nero attracted everybody’s hate
for a lifestyle that was cruel and lush.
He had the gall to give grand senators
official posts that tarred them with his brush.


So who can think that someone’s fortunate
when honoured by a thorough reprobate?

Published in PN Review, vol. 34 no. 1

Transl. Copyright © James Harpur 2007


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