Horace to LeuconoÃ« by Edwin Arlington Robinson
I pray you not, LeuconoÃ«, to pore
With unpermitted eyes on what may be
Appointed by the gods for you and me,
Nor on Chaldean figures any more.
â€™T were infinitely better to implore
The present only:â€”whether Jove decree
More winters yet to come, or whether he
Make even this, whose hard, wave-eaten shore
Shatters the Tuscan seas to-day, the lastâ€”
Be wise withal, and rack your wine, nor fill
Your bosom with large hopes; for while I sing,
The envious close of time is narrowing;â€”
So seize the day, or ever it be past,
And let the morrow come for what it will.