I SAW A PEACOCK ...PAVONEM VIDI ...
Anon. 17c.tr. Timothy Adès
I saw a peacock with a fiery tail
I saw a blazing Comet drop down hail
I saw a Cloud with Ivy circled round
I saw a sturdy Oak creep on the ground
I saw a Pismire swallow up a Whale
I saw a raging Sea brim full of Ale
I saw a Venice Glass sixteen foot deep
I saw a Well full of men's tears that weep
I saw their Eyes all in a flame of fire
I saw a House big as the Moon and higher
I saw the Sun even in the midst of night
I saw the Man that saw this wondrous sight.
pavonem vidi postrema parte flagrantem
stellam agilem vidi conspergere grandine campos
nubem etiam vidi foliisque hederisque comantem
quercum amplam vidi fugitivam serpere terra
formicam vidi turgescere pistre vorata
trux pelagus vidi fermento undare bibendo
tum calicem vidi quinis quem metiar ulnis
tum puteum vidi lacrimis umere profusis
ora virum vidi multis circumdata flammis
tecta domus vidi superata surgere luna
solem altum vidi media quoque noctis in hora
ipsum hominem vidi qui tot miracula vidit.

Copyright © Timothy Adès 2003

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