Franklin P. Adams

Here you will find the Poem A Lament of poet Franklin P. Adams

A Lament

Horace: Book II, Elegy 8

"Eripitur nobis iam pridem cara puella---"

While she I loved is being torn 
From arms that held her many years, 
Dost thou regard me, friend, with scorn, 
Or seek to check my tears?

Bitter the hatred for a jilt, 
And hot the hates of Eros are; 
My hatred, slay me as thou wilt, 
For thee'd be gentler far.

Can I endure that she recline 
Upon another's arm? Shall they 
No longer call that lady "mine" 
Who "mine" was yesterday?

For Love is fleeting as the hours. 
The town of Thebes is draped with moss, 
And Ilium's well-known topless towers 
Are now a total loss.

Fell Thebes and Troy; and in the grave 
Have fallen lords of high degree. 
What songs I sang! What gifts I gave! 
. . . . She never fell for me.