'Carpe Diem,' Or Cop The Day

Franklin P. Adams 1881 (Chicago, Illinois) – 1960 (New York City, New York)

AD LEUCONOEN

Horace: Book I, Ode 13.

_'Tu ne quoesieris, scire nefas-'_

It is not right for you to know, so do not ask,
  Leuconoe,
How long a life the gods may give or ever we
  are gone away;
Try not to read the Final Page, the ending
  colophonian,
Trust not the gypsy's tea-leaves, nor the
  prophets Babylonian.
Better to have what is to come enshrouded
  in obscurity
Than to be certain of the sort and length of
  our futurity.
Why, even as I monologue on wisdom and
  longevity
How Time has flown! Spear some of it!
  The longest life is brevity.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Franklin P. Adams

Franklin Pierce Adams was an American columnist known as Franklin P. Adams and by his initials F. P. A.. Famed for his wit, he is best known for his newspaper column, "The Conning Tower", and his appearances as a regular panelist on radio's Information Please. A prolific writer of light verse, he was a member of the Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s and 1930s. more…

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