Virgil's Biographia Litteraria

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Victoria College Press, 1923 - Appendix Vergilian - 197 pages
An indispensible work for any study of Vergil which discusses his life and literary influences.

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Page 8 - They never fail who die In a great cause : the block may soak their gore ; Their heads may sodden in the sun ; their limbs Be strung to city gates and castle walls — But still their spirit walks abroad. Though years Elapse, and others share as dark a doom, They but augment the deep and sweeping thoughts Which overpower all others, and conduct The world at last to freedom.
Page 150 - Saepibus in nostris parvam te roscida mala — Dux ego vester eram — vidi cum matre legentem. Alter ab undecimo tum me iam acceperat annus ; Iam fragilis poteram ab terra contingere ramos. Ut vidi, ut perii ! ut me malus abstulit error ! Incipe Maenalios mecum, mea tibia, versus.
Page 126 - And thro' the moss the ivies creep, And in the stream the long-leaved flowers weep, And from the craggy ledge the poppy hangs in sleep. Why are we weigh'd upon with heaviness, And utterly consumed with sharp distress, While all things else have rest from weariness? All things have rest: why should we toil alone, We only toil, who are the first of things, And make perpetual moan, Still from one sorrow to another thrown: Nor ever fold our wings, And cease from wanderings, Nor steep our brows in slumber's...
Page 80 - Hos ego versiculos feci, tulit alter honores : Sic vos non vobis nidificatis aves ; Sic vos non vobis vellera fertis oves ; Sic vos non vobis mellificatis apes ; Sic vos non vobis fertis aratra boves.
Page 158 - LOVE thou thy land, with love far-brought From out the storied Past, and used Within the Present, but transfused Thro' future time by power of thought.
Page 107 - VILLULA, quae Sironis eras, et pauper agelle, verum illi domino tu quoque divitiae, me tibi et hos una mecum, quos semper amavi, si quid de patria tristius audiero, commendo, in primisque patrem. tu nunc eris illi, 5 Mantua quod fuerat quodque Cremona prius.
Page 56 - Huc ades O Galatea, quis est nam ludus in undis? hic ver purpureum, varios hic flumina circum 40 fundit humus flores, hic candida populus antro imminet et lentae texunt umbracula vites. huc ades. insani feriant sine litora fluctus.
Page 33 - Sabine ; iam valete, formosi. nos ad beatos vela mittimus portus, magni petentes docta dicta Sironis, vitamque ab omni vindicabimus cura.
Page 80 - T. sinum lactis et haec te liba, Priape, quotannis exspectare sat est : custos es pauperis horti. nunc te marmoreum pro tempore fecimus ; at tu, si fetura gregem suppleverit, aureus esto.
Page 134 - Immo haec, quae Varo necdum perfecta canebat : 'Vare, tuum nomen, superet modo Mantua nobis, Mantua vae miserae nimium vicina Cremonae, cantantes sublime ferent ad sidera cycni.

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