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me, the white arm'd Juno, from whom strife and contention arise among the immortals.” This plain answer is rendered by Pope, • Abash'd, she names his own imperial spouse;

And the pale crescent fades upon her brows." Now these lines are obviously deficient in not saying one word of the character of Juno, who is pointed out in the original as the cause of all these disputes; and they are redundant in using the word abashed, and in the whole of the second line, of which not one word or syllable, nor even the slightest allusion * to the thought, is to be found in Homer. And it is a singular instance of bad taste to put a concetto into the mouth of the venerable Grecian, which would be a prettiness scarcely endurable in a modern Italian sonnet. Yet with all its faults, Pope's translation will be read and admired while its rivals either repose in quiet on their shelves, or jog on in vicum vendentem thus et odores.

P. M.

No LXXI.

Latin Translation of Gray's Elegy.

The following Latin translation of Gray's ELFGY; being printed in the form of a fugitive pamphlet, and the name of the translator being unknown to me

* If the epithet applied to Diana in the preceding line, EUSTEÇavor, be supposed to allude at all to her crescent, it must be in a sense precisely opposite to that which Pope has given it, and to point out its beauty, and not its rading.

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(the title page in which perhaps the name appeared being lost) my classical readers will not be displeased to have it here preserved.

Ad Poetam.

“Nos quoque per tumulos, et amica Silentia dulcis

Raptat Amor ; Tecum liceat, Divine Poeta,
Ire simul, tacitàque lyram pulsare sub umbra.

Non tua securos fastidit Musa Penates,
Non humiles habitare casas, et sordida Rura;
Quamvis radere iter liquidum super ardua Cæli
Cerula, Pindaricâ non expallesceret Ala.
Quod si Te Latiæ numeros audire Camænæ
Non piget, et nostro vacat indulgere labori;
Fortè erit, ut vitreas recubans Anienas ad undas,
Te doceat resonare nemus, Te flumina, Pastor,
Et tua cæruleâ discet Tiberinus in Urna
Carmina, cum tumulos præterlabetur agrestes.
Et cum pallentes inter numeraberis Umbras,
Cum neque T ocale melos, neque murmura fontis
Castalii, citharæve sonus, quam strinxit Apollo,
Ex humili ulteriùs poterint revocare cubili;
Quamvis nulla tuum decorent Insignia Bustum,
At pia Musa super, nostræ nihil indiga Laudis,
Perpetuas aget excubias, lacrymâque perenni
Nutriet ambrosios in odoro Cespite flores.”

Elegia, &'c.

" Audin' ut occiduæ signum Campana Diei

Vesportina sonet! flectunt se tarda per agros
Mugitusque armenta cient, vestigia Arator
Fessa domum trabit, et solus sub nocte reliquor.

Nuno

Nunc rerum species evanida cedit, et omnis
Aura silet, nisi quà pigro Scarabæus in orbes
Murmure se volvat, nisi tintinnabula longè
Dent sonitum, faciles pecori suadentia somnos;

Aut nisi sola sedens hederoso in culmine Turris
Ad Lunam effundat lugubres Noctua cantus,
Visa queri, propter secretos fortè recessus
Si quis eat, turbetque antiqua et inhospita Regna.

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Hic subterque rudes ulmos, Taxique sub umbrâ
Quà super ingestus crebro tumet aggere Cespes,
Æternùm posuere angusto in Carcere duri
Villarum Patres, et longa oblivia ducunt.

Non vox Auroræ croceos spirantis odores,
Non quæ straminco de tegmine stridit Hirundo,
Non Galli tuba clara, neque hos resonabile Cornu,
Ex humili ulteriùs poterunt revocare cubili:

Non illis splendente foco renovabitur ignis,
Sedula nec curas urgebit vespere Conjux ;
Non Patris ad reditum tenero balbubtiet ore
Certatimve amplexa genu petet Oscula Proles:

Illis sæpe seges maturâ cessit Aristâ,
Illi sæpe graves fregerunt vomere glebas;
Ah! quoties læti sub plaustra egere Juvencos!
Ah! quoties duro nemora ingemuere sub ictu!

Nec vitam utilibus quæ incumbit provida curis,
Nec sortem ignotam, securaque gaudia Ruris
Rideat Ambitio, tumidove Superbia fastu
Annales Inopum quoscunque audire recuset.

Sceptri grande decus, generosa stirpis honores,
Quicquid opes, aut forma dedit, commune sepulchrum
Opprimit, et leti non eritabilis hora.
Ducit Laudis iter tantùm ad nonfinia Mortis..
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Parcite sic tellure sitis (ita fata volebant)
Si nulla in memori surgant Insignia Busto,
Quà longos per Templi aditus, laqueataque tecta,
Divinas iterare solent gravia Organa Laudes.

Inscriptæne valent Urnæ, spirantiaque æra,
Ad sedes fugientem animam revocare relictas?
Dicite, sollicitet cineres si fama repostos ?
Gloria si gelidas Fatorum mulceat Aures?

Quis scit, an hìc Animus neglectâ in sede quiescat
Qui prius incaluit cælestis semine flammæ ?
Quis scit, an hìc sceptri Manus haud indigna recumbat,
Quæve lyræ poterat magicum inspirâsse furorem?

Annales sed nulla suos His Musa reclusit,
Dives opum variarum, et longo fertilis ævo:
Pauperies angusta sacros compescuit ignes,
Et vivos animi glaciavit frigore cursus.

Sæpe coruscantes puro fulgore sub antris
Abdidit Oceanus, cæcoque in gurgite gemmas;
Neglectus sæpe, in solis qui nascitur agris,
Flos rubet, inque auras frustra disperdit Odorem.

Hic aliquis fortè Hamdenus, qui pectore firmo
Obstitit Imperio parvi in sua rura Tyranni,
Miltonus tumulo rudis atque inglorius illo
Dormiat, aut patrii Cronivellus sanguinis insons.

Eloquio attenti moderarier ora Senatûs,
Exitium sævique minas ridere doloris,
Per patriam largos Fortunæ divitis imbres
Spargere, et in lato populi se agnoscere vultu,

Hos sua sors vetuit; tenuique in Limite clausit
Virtutes, scelerisque simul compescuit ortum;
Ad solium cursns per cædem urgere cruentos,
Atque tuas vetuit, Clementia, claudere portas,

Conatus

Conatus premere occultos, quos conscia Veri Mehs fovet, ingenuique extinguere signa pudoris, Luxuriæque focos cumulare, Ædemque superbam, Thure, quod in sacris Musarum adoleverat aris.

Insanæ procul amotis certamine turbæ Sobria non illis didicerunt Vota vagari ; Securum vitæ per iter, vallemquc reductam, Servabant placidum, cursu fallente, tenorem.

His tamen incautus tumulis nc fortè Viator Iosultet, videas circum monimenta caduca, Quà numeris incompositis, rudibusque figuris Ossa tegit lapis, et suspiria poscit euntein.

Pro mestis Elegis, culto pro carmine, scribit
Quicquid musa potest incondita, Nomen et Annos :
Multaque queis animum moriens soletur Agrestis,
Dogmata dispergit sacraï Scripturaï.

Sollicitæ quis enim, quis amatæ dulcia Vitæ
Tædia, sustinuit mutare silentibus unibris;
Deseruitve almæ confinia læta diei,
Nec desiderio cunctantia Lumina flexit ?

Projicit in gremium sese moriturus amicum,
Deficiensque oculus lacrymas, pia munera, poscit ;
Quinetiam fida ex ipso Natura Sepulchro
Exclamat, soliloque relucent igne favillæ.

At te, cui curæ tumulo sine honore jacentes, Incomptoque memor qui pingis agrestia versu; Si quis erit, tua qui cognato pectore quondam Fata roget, solâ secum meditatus in umbrâ,

Fortè aliquis memoret, canus jam Tempora Pastor, Illum sæpe novo sub Lucis vidimus ortu Verrentem propero matutinos pede Rores, “ Nascenti super arya jugosa occurrere Soli.

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