Epodes "I In Turn Shall Laugh"
by Horace

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"I In Turn Shall Laugh"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: "I'll have the last laugh," or "he who laughs last laughs best" are common proverbs in many languages. In this poem, Horace tells how his love, Neaera, had pledged her love to him, but has now proved faithless. But if I have a "spark of man," says Horace, "I will seek a fitting mate, now that Neaera has become hateful to me." As for his successor in the love of Neaera, Horace says,

And thou, who'er thou art, that now paradest happier than I and proud o'er my distress, though thou be rich in flocks and acres broad . . . though in beauty thou shouldst surpass Nireus, alas! thou art doomed to mourn her love flown to another. But I in turn shall laugh.