Horace, Ode 2.7.9-14
m = reading of part of the MS tradition
P = reading on a papyrus
tecum Philippos et celerem fugam
sensi relicta non bene parmula,10
cum fracta uirtus et minaces
turpe solum tetigere mento.
sed me per hostis Mercurius celer
denso pauentem sustulit aere...
With you [Horace’s companion Pompey] I experienced Philippi and swift flight, shamefully leaving my shield behind, when our courage was shattered and those who threatened touched the foul earth with their chin. But in my fear swift Mercury dragged me through the enemy ranks in a thick mist…