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The Creation, Continued
Thence to behold this new created world,
Resounded, (thou rememb'rest for thou heard'st).
HINTS. 1. Whence he could behold the new created world, 2. Added to His empire, how (cuius imaginis) it showed (sum)
3. Seen in prospect from His throne, how fair (it was) and good (aptus),
4. Answering (idoneus) His great mind. He rose (se tollere)
5. And the air resounded with applause and with the harps that sounded
6. Heavenly songs in sweet harmony: the earth
7. Was filled with the sound (insono), sending back the voices to the stars reverberating (pulsus)
8. (Thou rememberest the sound, for it came to thy ears).
The Creation, Continued
The heavens and all the constellations rang,
'Open, ye heavens, your everlasting doors; let in
HINTS. 1. The heavens (arces caelestes) and the constellations rang (imperf.),
2. The planets heard the sound in their course and stopped. 3. While the joyous and gleaming pomp ascended.
4. "O ye immortal gates, open," they sang.
5. "O heaven, open thy eternal gates. ("Great" is placed in this line also.)
6. Let that great (line 5) Creator enter, returning from his task
7. Magnificent, a world having been made by Him (dat.) within the sixth day (lux)."
The Nightingale, Bradstreet
While musing thus, with contemplation fed,
Which wrapped me so with wonder and delight,
I wished me wings with her awhile to tame my flight.
HINTS. 1. I stood revolving many (thoughts), thus fed by idle dreams (studium, sing.)
2. While a thousand fancies were surging in my idle mind. 3. And (iamque) a melodious bird, the philomel (line 4) stood above my head
4. And poured forth from her tuneful (liquidus) throat her melody.
5. I stood amazed and, ravished with delight, on wings 6. I wished likewise to fly awhile through the air.
The Nightingale, Continued
"O merry bird," says I, "that fears no snares, That neither toils nor hoards up in thy barns,
Feels no sad thoughts nor cruciating cares
To gain more good, or shun what might thee harm;
Thy bed a bough, thy drink the water clear,
Remind'st not what is past, nor what's to come dost fear."
HINTS. 1. Fortunate (fem.) (one) indeed (nimis); no nets (are) a fear (dat.) for thee.
2. No labor urges thee on; neither dost thou gather the harvests into thy granaries,
3. To be conscious of naught, to be afflicted with no care 4. Is thy lot; the more thou seekest (subj.) the (more) thou dost avoid harm (pl.);
5. And (at) thy food (is) everywhere, and (at) thy clothes never wear out,
6. Thy cups are the clear fountains, thy bed a bough,
7. Neither mindful (dat.) of the past (vetera, um) nor fearing (dat.) what is soon to come (fut. partic.).
Where were ye, Nymphs, when the remorseless deep
For neither were ye playing on the steep,
Where your old bards, the famous Druids, lie:
Nor yet where Deva spreads her wizard stream:
Had ye been there, for what could that have done?
Whom universal nature did lament,
When by the rout that made the hideous roar,
HINTS. 1. What places held ye Nymphs, ("The deep" and "loved" also go in this line at the end.)
2. When the remorseless deep (line 1) sent the loved (line 1) head of Lycidas beneath the wave?
3. For neither were ye playing (agere ludos) on the steep (vertex declivus),
4. Where the bards of ancient fame, the Druids, rest;
5. Nor (nec iam) where Mona stands high with rugged peaks,
6. Nor where the mystic Deva (Dēva, masc.) wanders in spreading stream.
7. Ah me (dat.), deceived by vain fancies (sing.) I imagine you (pl.)
8. Present; for what could your presence avail (imp. subj.)? 9. What could (iuvo) the Muse herself, I say, the mother of Orpheus (genetrix Orphēïă),
10. The Muse for her son (accus. depending on iuvo understood), who melted all with song,
11. Whom when snatched away (part.) universal nature, pitying, did lament
12. At the time when the rout (thiasus) which filled the air with shouts
13. Unhallowed, gave his head (ora) to the swift waters of the Hebrus,
14. The gory head (ora, repeated) of the hero, to carry (infin.) to the shores of Lesbos.
Alas what boots it with incessant care
To tend the homely slighted shepherd's trade,
To scorn delights and live laborious days,
And think to burst out into sudden blaze,
Comes the blind Fury with th' abhorred shears,
1. Alas, alas! what boots it (iuvo) to ply (exerceo) with faithful zeal
2. The despised art (opus) of the shepherd and his inglorious tasks,
3. Meditating (accus.) the ungrateful muse with persistent zeal (munus)?
4. Fame, which (is) the last infirmity (error) of the noble breast,
5. Fame has a spur which urges on (subj.) the fiery hearts 6. To scorn delights, and live laborious (acerbus) days. 7. When, however, we hope to be able to obtain the longed-for
8. Prize, and to break through the darkness into sudden light,
9. Comes the blind Fury, and with her hateful shears (sing.) ("Life" goes in this line)
10. Cuts the thin threads of life (line 9). "But not, however," says Apollo,
11. "The glory of it also (et)." And he touched my trembling ears.
Sohrab and Rustum, Arnold
But the majestic river floated on,
Out of the mist and hum of that low land,
Into the frosty starlight and there moved