Notes on the text
These notes, by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Life's Handicap, as published and frequently reprinted between 1891 and 1950.
Go, and return in gloryIn fact, as anyone who knows the poem will be aware, the Tuscans failed in their attempt to sack Rome, foiled by the bravery of Horatius and his comrades. So it was not a very propitious injunction from Ortheris.
To Clusium’s royal dome;
And hang round Nurscia’s altars
The golden shields of Rome.
There is no further space to record the digging up of the spoils, or the triumphal visit of the three to Dearsley, who feared for his life, but was most royally treated instead, and under that influence told how the palanquin had come into his possession. But that is another story.[So the loot from the temple is recovered, but there is no explanation of what happened to the proceeds of Dearsley’s “raffles” mentioned at Page 15, lines 24 – 25 and Page 20, line 30; Ed.]