Translated into Latin by Timothy Adès
When I am dead, I hope it may be said:
“His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.”
The accursed power which stands on privilege
(and goes with women, champagne and bridge)
Broke – and democracy resumed her reign
(which goes with bridge and women and champagne.
Good morning, Algernon: Good morning, Percy.
Good morning, Mrs Roebeck. Christ have mercy!
I’m tired of love; I’m still more tired of rhyme;
but money gives me pleasure all the time.
umbra, rubens peccator, amer modo versificator.
perdidit imperium fatale superbior ordo:
tres aderant comites alea, Bacchus, amor.
reddita iam plebis florebat Roma tribunis:
tres aderant comites tessera, vina, Venus.
salve, Marce. Mari, salve. Curiatia, salve.
o di immortales, parcite supplicibus !
lassat Amor ; plus Musa ; manet iucundius Aurum.
Translation: Copyright © Timothy Adès