Friday, February 03, 2012


Tempus Edax Rerum

Ovid, Metamorphoses 15.234-236 (tr. Frank Justus Miller):
O Time, thou great devourer, and thou, envious Age, together you destroy all things; and, slowly gnawing with your teeth, you finally consume all things in lingering death!
The same, tr. Arthur Golding (1567):
Thou tyme, the eater up of things, and age of spyghtfull teene,
Destroy all things. And when that long continuance hath them bit,
You leysurely by lingring death consume them every whit.
teene = harm, grief

The Latin:
tempus edax rerum, tuque, invidiosa vetustas,
omnia destruitis vitiataque dentibus aevi
paulatim lenta consumitis omnia morte!
Eastman Johnson, Old Man Seated

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