A taste of the romantic side of the philosopher Seneca/pseudo-Seneca. Do not be fooled by his cynical disguise.
448-449 Could you seal your heart?
Could you seal your heart, living with her captive sweet youth?
Could you live and love and know?
Could you keep your heart free from the tender torch,
Watching love die and her consumed?
You could defeat your heart with undiluted wine:
If remorse strikes, repress it, drive out the dark clouds.
If night-love seizes you, dare not to succumb
Unless – your prudent heart is safely numbed