Lucretius, De Rerum Natura

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T. Lucreti Cari de Rerum Natura

Liber Primus

Aeneadum genetrix, hominum divomque voluptas, alma Venus, caeli subter labentia signa quae mare navigerum, quae terras frugiferentis concelebras, per te quoniam genus omne animantum 5concipitur visitque exortum lumina solis: te, dea, te fugiunt venti, te nubila caeli adventumque tuum, tibi suavis daedala tellus summittit flores, tibi rident aequora ponti placatumque nitet diffuso lumine caelum. 10nam simul ac species patefactast verna diei et reserata viget genitabilis aura favoni, aeriae primum volucres te, diva, tuumque significant initum perculsae corda tua vi. 15inde ferae, pecudes persultant pabula laeta 1415et rapidos tranant amnis: ita capta lepore


De Rerum Natura, I


Book 1

Mother of Aeneas and his race, darling of men andVenus, aid me in my work gods, nurturing Venus,a who beneath the smooth-moving heavenly signs fill with yourself the sea fullladen with ships, the earth that bears the crops, since through you every kind of living thing is conceived and rising up looks on the light of the sun: from you, O goddess, from you the winds flee away, the clouds of heaven from you and your coming; for you the wonder-working earth puts forth sweet flowers, for you the wide stretches of ocean laugh, and heaven grown peaceful glows with outpoured light. For as soon as the vernal face of day is made manifest, and the breeze of the teeming west wind blows fresh and free, first the fowls of the air proclaim you, divine one, and your advent, pierced to the heart by your might. Next wild creatures and farm animals dance over the rich pastures and swim across rapid rivers: so greedily does each one follow you, held captive by your charm,

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.lucretius-de_rerum_natura.1924