Friday, April 16, 2010


Rural Delights

Vergil, Georgics 2.485-486 (tr. H. Rushton Fairclough):
Let my delight be the country, and the running streams amid the dells—may I love the waters and the woods, though fame be lost.

rura mihi et rigui placeant in vallibus amnes,
flumina amem silvasque inglorius.
Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), from his History of British Birds

Tactitus, Dialogus de Oratoribus 9:
One must withdraw into woods and groves, that is, into solitude.

in nemora et lucos, id est in solitudinem, secedendum est.
Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage II.xxv:
To sit on rocks, to muse o'er flood and fell,
To slowly trace the forest's shady scene,
Where things that own not man's dominion dwell,
And mortal foot hath ne'er or rarely been;
To climb the trackless mountain all unseen,
With the wild flock that never needs a fold;
Alone o'er steeps and foaming falls to lean;
This is not solitude; 't is but to hold
Converse with Nature's charms, and view her stores unroll'd.

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