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Moerim, saepe animas imis excire sepulcris atque satas alio vidi traducere messis. 100 ducite ab urbe domum, mea carmina, ducite Daphnin. fer cineres, Amarylli, foras rivoque fluenti transque caput iace, nec respexeris. his ego Daphnin adgrediar; nihil ille deos, nil carmina curat. ducite ab urbe domum, mea carmina, ducite Daphnin. 105‘aspice, corripuit tremulis altaria flammis sponte sua, dum ferre moror, cinis ipse. bonum sit!’ nescio quid certe est, et Hylax in limine latrat. credimus? an, qui amant, ipsi sibi somnia fingunt? parcite, ab urbe venit, iam parcite, carmina, Daphnis.”

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lycidas

mp Quo te, Moeri, pedes? an, quo via ducit, in urbem?

moeris

O Lycida, vivi pervenimus, advena nostri (quod numquam veriti sumus) ut possessor agelli diceret: “haec mea sunt; veteres migrate coloni.” 5nunc victi, tristes, quoniam Fors omnia versat, hos illi (quod nec vertat bene) mittimus haedos.

  • 107Hylax ed. Asc. 1500: Hylas codd.
  • 109parcite carmina Pa: c. p. M
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woods, oft call spirits from the depth of the grave, and charm sown corn away to other fields.

Bring Daphnis home from town, bring him, my songs!

Carry forth the embers, Amaryllis, and toss them over your head into a running brook; and look not back. With their aid I will assail Daphnis; he recks naught of gods or songs.

Bring Daphnis home from town, bring him, my songs!

‘Look! the ash itself, while I delay to carry it forth, has of its own accord caught the shrines with quivering flames. Be the omen good!’ 19 ’Tis something surely, and Hylax is barking at the gate. Can I trust my eyes? Or do lovers fashion their own dreams?

Cease! Daphnis comes home from town; cease now, my songs!”

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lycidas

Whither afoot, Moeris? Is it, where the path leads, to town?

moeris

O Lycidas, we have lived to see the day—an evil never dreamed—when a stranger, holder of our little farm, could say: “This is mine; begone, old tenants!” Now, beaten and cowed, since Chance rules all, we send him these kids—our curse go with them!

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.virgil-eclogues.1916