Horace Carmina 3.6.1-4

by Tom Gardner

Delicta maiorum inmeritus lues,
Romane, donec templa refeceris
aedisque labentis deorum et
foeda nigro simulacra fumo.

You atone for the sins of your forefathers,
O guiltless Roman, til you have restored each temple
And every smouldering sanctuary of the gods,
And filthy-black from smoke, the statues.