Not much vnlike the wondrer haue ye another figure called the doubtfull, because oftentimes we will seeme to cast perils, and make doubt of things when by a plaine manner of speech wee might affirme or deny him.


Horace, Odes 1.14

O navis, referent in mare te novi
fluctus. o quid agis? fortiter occupa
    portum. nonne vides, ut
        nudum remigio latus

et malus celeri saucius Africo
antemnaeque gemant ac sine funibus
    vix durare carinae
        possint imperiosius

aequor? non tibi sunt integra lintea,
non di, quos iterum pressa voces malo.
    quamvis Pontica pinus,
        silvae filia nobilis,

iactes et genus et nomen inutile:
nil pictis timidus navita puppibus
    fidit. tu, nisi ventis
        debes ludibrium, cave.

nuper sollicitum quae mihi taedium,
nunc desiderium curaque non levis,
    interfusa nitentis
        vites aequora Cycladas.


New waves, O ship,
    will drive you to sea:
O ship! What to do,
    hold strong, seek port;

do you not see your oar-
    stripped sides; that sore hurt
by the southwest gale,
    your yards groan; that unroped,

your sails scarce bear
    the sea’s sway? No whole
canvas is left you, no gods
    to invoke in new straits.

Though pine of Pontus,
    noble woods’ daughter,
you call name and lineage
    in vain: trembling,

the sailor trusts nothing
    in painted sterns.
O ship, lest you turn
    a toy to the winds, beware!

Till late my oppression
    and worry, now my love,
my care not light,
    O ship, shun those waters
that glitter among the Cyclades.

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