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