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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
Farewell to Love-poetry
 
Ovid (43 B.C.–A.D. 18)
 
 
QVAERE nouum uatem, tenerorum mater Amorum:
  raditur his elegis ultima meta meis;
quos ego conposui, Paeligni ruris alumnus
  (nec me deliciae dedecuere meae),
siquid id est, usque a proauis uetus ordinis heres,        5
  non modo militiae turbine factus eques.
Mantua Vergilio, gaudet Verona Catullo;
  Paelignae dicar gloria gentis ego,
quam sua libertas ad honesta coegerat arma,
  cum timuit socias anxia Roma manus.        10
atque aliquis spectans hospes Sulmonis aquosi
  moenia, quae campi iugera pauca tenent,
‘quae tantum’ dicat ‘potuistis ferre poetam,
  quantulacumque estis, uos ego magna uoco’.
culte puer puerique parens Amathusia culti,        15
  aurea de campo uellite signa meo!
corniger increpuit thyrso grauiore Lyaeus:
  pulsandast magnis area maior equis.
inbelles elegi, genialis Musa, ualete,
  post mea mansurum fata superstes opus!        20
 

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