Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Neither are witches and magical fountains the peculiar hall-mark of the "romantic": the following lines from Ovid are as haunted as anything in Ossian.Image of the passage:
Stat vetus et multos incadua silva per annos.
Credibile est illi numen inesse luco.
Fons sacer in medio speluncaque pumice pendens,
Et latere ex omni dulce querunter aves.
Ancient the wood stands
unhewn for many a season
It seems some presence dwells
within the grove.
For querunter read queruntur. The mistake also occurs in the original edition (London: J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1910), p. 4. The lines are from the beginning of Amores 3.1.
Related post: Dr. Syntax and Mr. Pound.
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