Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)
Translated into Latin by Timothy Adès
Hilariores NugaeWhen 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.
Bons Motsumbra, 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.
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