De Reditu Suo
Velocem potius reditum mirabere, lector, tam cito Romuleis posse carere bonis. quid longum toto Romam venerantibus aevo? nil umquam longum est quod sine fine placet. 5o quantum et quotiens possum numerare beatos nasci felici qui meruere solo! qui Romanorum procerum generosa propago ingenitum cumulant urbis honore decus! semina virtutum demissa et tradita caelo 10non potuere aliis dignius esse locis. felices etiam qui proxima munera primis sortiti Latias obtinuere domos! religiosa patet peregrinae Curia laudi, nec putat externos quos decet esse suos; 15ordinis imperio collegarumque fruuntur et partem Genii quem venerantur habent:
- 5quater Heinsius, Mueller, Baehrens.
A Voyage Home To Gaul
Rather a will you marvel, reader, that my quick return journey (to Gaul) can so soon renounce the blessings of the city of Romulus. What is too long for men who spend all time in venerating Rome? b Nothing is ever too long that never fails to please. How greatly and how often can I count those blest who have deserved birth in that happy soil! Those highborn scions of Roman nobility crown their honourable birth with the lustre of the Capital! On no other land could the seeds of virtues have been more worthily let fall by heaven’s assignment. Happy they too who, winning meeds next to the first, have enjoyed Latin homes! c The Senate-house, though fenced with awe, yet stands open to foreign merit, nor deems those strangers who are fittingly its own. They share the power of their colleagues in the senatorial order, and possess part of the sacred Genius d which they revere, even
- a Potius supports the view that the opening of the poem is lost.
- bThe poet is to praise Rome at length (3–164). He claims that nothing can be tedious in the eulogy of a city which every age has held in honour—the urbs aeterna calls for eternal veneration.
- c i.e. though not born in Rome, like those in 5–6.
- dThe Genius is the indwelling spirit of the Roman People, shared by such provincials as were admitted into the senate. Their union is compared with the heavenly council under the presidency of the supreme god (Jupiter is not named).