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Saturday, February 10, 2007

~ Advice on Tree Growing ~

First, different trees have diverse birth assigned;
For some lack no compulsion of mankind,
But spring spontaneously in every nook,
Peopling the meadows and the mazy brook;
Thus osiers lithe, and brooms that gently play,
The poplar, and the willow silver-grey.
And some arise from seed themselves have shed;
For so the chestnut rears its lofty head,
The bay-oak, towering monarchs of the wood,
And oaks with Grecian oracles endued.

Trans. R.D. Blackmore (1825-1900)

PRINCIPIO ARBORIBUS VARIA EST NATURA CREANDIS.
NAMQUE ALIAE NULLIS HOMINUM CONGENTIBUS IPSAE
SPONTE SUA VENIUNT CAMPOSQUE ET FLUMINA LATE
CURVA TENENT. UT MOLLE SILER LENTAEQUE GENISTAE
POPULUS ET GLAUCA CANENTIA FRONDE SALICTA:
PARS AUTEM POSITO SURGUNT DE SEMINE. UT ALTAE
CASTANAE. NEMORUNQUE IOVI QUAE MAXIMA FRONDET
AESCULUS. ATQUE HABITAE GRAIS ORACULA QUERCUS
VIRGIL, Georgies 2, lines 9-16

1 Comments:

Blogger Granny said...

I like the poem.

My Latin stopped with the Commentary on the Gallic Wars. Virgil came two years later. I could pick out a few words but that was about it.

Sunday, 11 February, 2007  

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