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heu, quid ab officio digressa est gratia, cum te restitui superis leti iam limine ab ipso? praemia sunt pietatis ubi, pietatis honores? in vanas abiere vices, et rure recessit Iustitiae prior illa fides. instantia vidi alterius, sine respectu mea fata relinquens ad parilis agor eventus: fit poena merenti. poena sit exitium; modo sit tum grata voluntas, 230 exsistat par officium. feror avia carpens,

avia Cimmerios inter distantia lucos;

quam circa tristes densentur in omnia poenae !

240

nam vinctus sedet immanis serpentibus Otos, devinctum maestus procul aspiciens Ephialten, 235 conati quondam cum sint rescindere mundum; et Tityos, Latona, tuae memor anxius irae (implacabilis ira nimis) iacet alitis esca. terreor, a, tantis insistere, terreor, umbris, ad Stygias revocatus aquas! vix ultimus amni exstat, nectareas divum qui prodidit escas, gutturis arenti revolutus in omnia sensu. quid saxum procul adverso qui monte revolvit, contempsisse dolor quem numina vincit acerbans? otia quaerentem frustra sinite; ite puellae, ite, quibus taedas accendit tristis Erinys:

226 iure Br.

227 Iustitia et Schrader.

228 relinques? Phillimore.

233 agmina Jacobs: ostia Ellis.

236 rescindere V: inscendere .

237 tuas. . . iras (except V).

240 ad... aquas commonly taken with what follows. 244 acerbans V: acerbas SL: -am г.

245

245 sinite, ite Leo: siblite: sub lite r: sub lite? quid illae Phillimore.

246 accendi Ellis.

why failed my kindness to win the service due, when even from Death's very threshold, I restored thee to the living? Where is the guerdon of kindness, where kindness' due return? Gone to an empty requital, and that old-time faith in Justice has passed from out the land.1 I saw the fate which threatened another; mine own I left without regard, and now am driven to a doom like unto his : punishment falls to the deserving. Let the punishment be death; only let there be a grateful heart, let an equal service be rendered!

231 I take my way o'er pathless regions-pathless regions far away amid Cimmerian groves, and about me throng the woeful penalties for all misdeeds. For, fast bound with serpents, monstrous Otus sits, mournfully gazing at Ephialtes, enchained hard by, for that once they essayed to tear down heaven 2; and Tityus in distress, mindful, O Latona, of thy wrath (too insatiate thy wrath!) is lying there, meat for winged fowl.3 I fear, ah! I fear me to press nigh such mighty shades,-I, called back to the Stygian waters. With head scarce rising above the stream, stands he who betrayed the nectar-feasts of the gods, turning in all directions with fever-stricken throat. What of him, who rolls a stone up the mount afar, whom embittering pain convicts of having scorned the gods? 5 Let me be,-me, vainly seeking repose; go, ye maidens, go ye, for whom gloomy Erinys kindled the torches in guise of Hymen Erinys spake the

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1 cf. Georgics, II. 473 f.

3 cf. Aen. vi. 595.

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cf. Aen. vI. 582. 4 Tantalus.

i.e. Sisyphus; cf. Georgics, III. 39.

6 The Danaids; cf. Aen. x. 497.

7 cf. Aen. II. 337.

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248 Vollmer recognizes an anacol
densant Ellis. supe
miserant

has fallen out.

251 Pandionia Housman. 259 numina CBE. 260 Elysium tr 264 fata Bembo: tura Ribbeck: iura cura Ω.

266 decus manet, et Ellis.

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his frenzy, feared not Phlegethon nor his blazing ters, nor the mournful realms of Dis, o'erlaid with om, the dwellings of Tartarus, buried deep, and t with cruel night, nor the abodes of Dis, easy ntry were there not a judge 1-a judge, who death passes sentence on the deeds of life. ortune, potent in the past, had made him bold. en, swift rivers had stood still; the throng of asts, following by reason of his alluring voice, ssed close upon Orpheus; and ere then, from n ground, the oak had moved its deepest , and of their own free will the whistling re snatching his songs with greedy bark. heir gliding course amid the stars he una's twin-yoked steeds, and at their thyself, O maiden of the month, eager vre, didst hold them back, deserting the same lyre availed to conquer thee, O nd make thee of thine own will restore

be led away. No right over unvanhad the goddess, no right that would

Eurydice indeed, who ere this had too stern, was marking out the path Irned not her eyes to gaze within, nor ess' gifts by speech. But thou cruel 1, Orpheus, seeking her dear kisses, mandments of the gods! Worthy love; pleasing thy sin, did Hell rous is the remembrance.2

roines, over against you in the there waits a band of heroes. s of Aeacus: for Peleus and

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ck to 268 above; Eurydice re

nec timuit Phlegethonta, furens, ardentibus undis
nec maesta obtenta Ditis ferrugine regna
defossasque domos ac Tartara nocte cruenta
obsita nec faciles Ditis sine iudice sedes,
iudice, qui vitae post mortem vindicat acta.
sed Fortuna valens audacem fecerat ante :
iam rapidi steterant amnes et turba ferarum
blanda voce sequax regionem insederat Orphei,
iamque imam viridi radicem moverat alte
quercus humo . .
silvaeque sonorae

sponte sua cantus rapiebant cortice avara.
labentis biiugis etiam per sidera Lunae

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280

285

290

pressit equos, et tu cupientis, menstrua virgo, auditura lyram, tenuisti nocte relicta. haec eadem potuit, Ditis, te vincere, coniunx, Eurydicenque ultro ducendam reddere: non fas, non erat invictae divae exorabile mortis. illa quidem, nimium Manis experta severos, praeceptum signabat iter, nec rettulit intus lumina nec divae corrupit munera lingua; sed tu crudelis, crudelis tu magis, Orpheu, oscula cara petens rupisti iussa deorum. dignus amor venia; gratum, si Tartara nossent, peccatum : meminisse grave est. vos sede piorum, 295 vos manet heroum contra manus. hic et uterque Aeacides: Peleus namque et Telamonia virtus

272 furentem Bembo, Ellis.

274 defossasque VB2: nec fossasque 2, Vollmer. 275 Dictaeo Scaliger.

281 steterant amnes (from 278) has supplanted the original.

283 luna CBE.

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