I love this depiction of Mercury as a gold-baton waving maestro easing our passage. May he play you a world-embracing symphony.


‘And you the conductor of spirits

Lead souls to their rest, gold-batoned maestro,

Ease our passage from higher to lower.’


See also the quote-mosaic review of Harry Eyres’ splendid book on the charm and continuing relevance of Horace.


Source: Horace, Odes 1.10, To Mercury, quoted in (and translated by) Harry Eyres, Horace and Me (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), p. 173

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