post monstra tot perdomita, post Phlegram impio 445sparsam cruore postque defensos deos nondum liquet de patre? mentimur Iovem? Iunonis odio crede.
Quid violas Iovem? mortale caelo non potest iungi genus.
Communis ista pluribus causa est deis.
450Famuline fuerant ante quam fierent dei?
Pastor Pheraeos Delius pavit greges.
Sed non per omnes exul erravit plagas.
Quem profuga terra mater errante edidit?
Num monstra saevas Phoebus aut timuit feras?
455Primus sagittas imbuit Phoebi draco.
Quam gravia parvus tulerit ignoras mala?
E matris utero fulmine eiectus puer mox fulminanti proximus patri stetit.
- 454saevas* A: saeva E
he conquered so many monsters, after he defended the gods and spattered their enemies’ blood over Phlegra, is there still any doubt about his father? Are we lying about Jove? Believe Juno’s hatred!
Why profane Jove? Mortal kind cannot unite with heaven.
That is the origin shared by many gods.
Had they been slaves before they could become gods?
A cowhand from Delos pastured herds in Thessaly. 28
But he did not drift in exile through every region.
Though a fleeing mother bore him on a drifting land?
Did Phoebus face monsters or savage beasts?
The first to stain Phoebus’ arrows was a dragon.
Do you not know what serious trials he bore while small?
A boy expelled by the lightning bolt from his mother’s womb soon stood at the side of his lightning-wielding