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READINGS FROM LATIN VERSE

WITH NOTES

BY

CURTIS C. BUSHNELL, PH.D.

PROFESSOR OF CLASSICS IN SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Boston ALLYN AND BACON 1908

COPYRIGHT, 1908, BY CURTIS C. BUSHNELL.

FRANCISCO SMALLEY DECANO COMES ET AMICVS HVNC LIBELLVM D D

INTRODUCTORY NOTE.

THIS little book has been prepared to meet the needs of my own classes. The selections have been made primarily with reference to their literary merit, but also with the intention of introducing the student to a number of authors not usually read in the earlier portion of the college course.

The notes are greatly indebted to the works named under the heading, 'Reference.'

I am under obligations to Professor E. C. Morris of Syracuse University for the correction of the manuscript of the notes, and to Mr. N. L. Willey, Syracuse University, 1908, for assistance in proof reading. C. C. B. SYRACUSE, N.Y.

READINGS FROM LATIN VERSE.

CLASSICAL LATIN POETRY.

I. ENNIUS.

FROM THE ANNALS.

1. The Lament for Romulus.

Pectora fida tenet desiderium: simul inter sese sic memorant, 'o Romule, Romule die, qualem te patriae custodem di genuerunt! O pater, o genitor, o sanguen dis oriundum, tu produxisti nos intra luminis oras.' 5

2. Pyrrhus dismissing the Prisoners without Ransom.

Nec mi aurum posco nec mi pretium dederitis: nec cauponantes bellum sed belligerantes ferro, non auro, vitam cernamus utrique. Vosne velit an me regnare era quidve ferat Fors virtute experiamur. Et hoc simul accipe dictum: 5 quorum virtuti belli fortuna pepercit eorundem libertati me parcere certumst. Dono ducite doque volentibus cum magnis dis.

3. M.' Curius.

Quem nemo ferro potuit superare nec auro.

4. Q. Fabius Maximus.

Unus homo nobis cunctando restituit rem; noenum rumores ponebat ante salutem; ergo plusque magisque viri nunc gloria claret.

5. The Strength of Rome.

Moribus antiquis res stat Romana virisque.

FROM THE TRAGEDIES.

6. A Bereaved Father's Fortitude.

Égo cum genui, túm morituros scívi et ei re sústuli. Praéterea ad Troiám cum misi ob défendendam Graéciam, scíbam me in mortíferum bellum, nón in epulas míttere.

7. 'Gods Careless of Mankind.'

Égo deum genus ésse semper díxi et dicam caélitum, séd eos non curáre opinor, quíd agat humanúm genus; nám si curent, béne bonis sit, mále malis; quod núnc abest.

FROM THE EPIGRAMS.

8. Ennius' Epitaph.

Nemo me dacrumis decoret nec funera fletu faxit. Cur? Volito vivus per ora virum.

II. LUCRETIUS.

1. 'Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhyme.'

Nunc age quod superest cognosce et clarius audi. Nec me animi fallit quam sint obscura; sed acri percussit thyrso laudis spes magna meum cor et simul incussit suavem mi pectus amorem musarum, quo nunc instinctus mente vigenti 5 avia Pieridum peragro loca nullius ante trita solo. Iuvat integros accedere fontes atque haurire, iuvatque novos decerpere flores insignemque meo capiti petere inde coronam unde prius nulli velarint tempora musae; 10 primum quod magnis doceo de rebus et artis religionum animum nodis exsolvere pergo, deinde quod obscura de re tam lucida pango carmina, musaeo contingens cuncta lepore. De Rerum Natura I. 931 934.

2. The Praise of Epicurus.

E tenebris tantis tam clarum extollere lumen qui primus potuisti inlustrans commoda vitae, te sequor, o Graiae gentis decus, inque tuis nunc ficta pedum pono pressis vestigia signis, non ita certandi cupidus quam propter amorem 5 quod te imitari aveo; quid enim contendat hirundo cycnis, aut quidnam tremulis facere artubus haedi consimile in cursu possint et fortis equi vis? Tu, pater, es rerum inventor, tu patria nobis suppeditas praecepta, tuisque ex, inclute, chartis, 10 floriferis ut apes in saltibus omnia libant, omnia nos itidem depascimur aurea dicta, aurea, perpetua semper dignissima vita... Continue reading book >>




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