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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Unplaced Fragments

By Ennius (239–169 B.C.)


Against the walls

Many a mighty machine in menace moves.

An Homeric Simile

Then as a well-fed horse in lordly pride

Breaking his halter from the stable darts,

Rushes across the joyous azure fields

With an exultant heart, oft shakes his mane,

While by the eager breath from his hot breast

The white foam far is flung.

A Vaulting Boast

Valiant the Romans as the heavens are high.