Tuesday, May 11, 2021


The Hour of Rest

Prudentius, Liber Cathemerinon, no. 6 (Hymnus ante Somnum), lines 9-20 (tr. H.J. Thomson):
The day's toil is past and the hour of rest comes again; caressing slumber in its turn relaxes our tired limbs.

The mind storm-tossed and careworn drinks deep the cup of forgetfulness.

Oblivion steals over all the body and lets no sense of soreness abide with the afflicted.

fluxit labor diei,
redit et quietis hora,        10
blandus sopor vicissim
fessos relaxat artus.

mens aestuans procellis,
curisque sauciata,
totis bibit medullis        15
obliviale poclum.

serpit per omne corpus
Lethaea vis, nec ullum
miseris doloris aegri
patitur manere sensum.        20
See Willy Evenepoel, Explanatory and Literary Notes on Prudentius' Hymnus ante somnum," Revue belge de Philologie et d'Histoire 56.1 (1978) 55-70 (at 57-58, 64).

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