By Wendell Clausen
Strangely, this can be the 1st full-scale scholarly statement at the Eclogues to seem during this century. those ten brief pastorals are the most effective identified poems in Latin literature. Clausen's observation offers a complete consultant to either the poems and the substantial scholarship surrounding them. There are brief introductions to every poem, in addition to a common creation to the Eclogues as a complete.
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40 spargite humum foliis, inducite fontibus umbras , pastores (mandat fieri sibi talia Daphnis), et tumulum facite, et tumulo superaddite carmen: ' Daphnis ego in siluis, hinc usque ad sidera notus, formosi pecoris custos, formosior ipse . ' Me. Tale tuum carmen nobis, diuine poeta, 45 quale sopor fessis in gramine, quale per aestum dulcis aquae saliente sitim restinguere riuo . nee calamis solum aequiperas , sed uoce magistrum : fortunate puer, tu nunc eris alter ab illo . nos tamen haec quocumque modo tibi nostra uicissim so dicemus, Daphninque tuum tollemus ad astra; Daphnin ad astra feremus: amauit nos quoque Daphnis.
S. I z8-3 I ) Co. Moon-clover and goatwort have my goats for pasture; on mastic they walk, and couch on arbutus . LA. Balm have my sheep to browse, and, like roses, in plenty flowers the cistus/0 There is only one passage quite like this in the Eclogues, in the Fifth -not, however, an exchange between two singers , though it might be conceived as such / 1 but a passage in the song of Mopsus : 67 See 3 . 45 n . " See 1 . 78 n . 69 Paliurus , o r Christ's Thorn, a Theocritean plant though not occurring i n the pastoral Idylls, 24.
Quid facerem ? neque seruitio me exire licebat nee tam praesentis alibi cognoscere diuos. hie ilium uidi iuuenem, Meliboee, quotannis his senos cui nostra dies altaria fumant. hie mihi responsum primus dedit ille petenti : 'pascite ut ante boues , pueri ; summittite tauros . ' M . Fortunate senex, ergo tua rura manebunt et tibi magna satis, quamuis lapis omnia nudus limosoque palus obducat pascua iunco : non insueta grauis temptabunt pabula fetas , nee mala uicini pecoris contagia laedent. fortunate senex, hie inter ftumina nota et fontis sacros frigus captab is opacum; hinc tibi, quae semper, uicino ab limite saepes Hyblaeis apibus ftorem depasta salicti saepe leui somnum suadebit inire susurro; hinc alta sub rupe canet frondator ad auras, nee tamen interea raucae, tua cura, palumbes nee gemere aeria cessabit turtur ab ulmo .
A Commentary on Virgil Eclogues by Wendell Clausen