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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Decimus Magnus Ausonius (c. 310–c. 395)
A Mother’s Epitaph
Roman Poets of the Later Empire
 
Translation of Harriet Waters Preston

ÆONIA, mother, with thy mingled strain
Of blood from Normandy and Aquitaine,
Thine were the graces of the perfect wife!
The busy fingers the inviolate life,
Thine husband’s trust, the empire of thy boys,        5
A gracious mien, a fund of quiet joys!
Thy long embrace among the peaceful dead
Make warm my father’s tomb, as once his bed!
 
 
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