I TO MY PERILS ... FELICI, VENUS ...
A.E.Housman trans. Colin Sydenham
I to my perils
.....Of cheat and charmer
.....Came clad in armour
..........By stars benign.

Hope lies to mortals
.....And some believe her,
.....But manís deceiver
..........Was never mine.

The thoughts of others
.....Were light and fleeting,
.....Of loversí meeting
..........Or luck or fame.

Mine were of trouble,
.....And mine were steady,
.....So I was ready
..........When trouble came.
.....Felici, Venus, ad tuas
tutus blanditias et mala sidere
.....falsorum subii, velut
munitus clipeo. Perfida credulos

.....Spes fictis homines capit
plerumque illecebris; talibus at meum
.....cor deludere somniis
non unquam potuit. Frivola nam levi

.....dum sub pectore cogitat
vulgus, quos fragilis fervor amantium,
.....quos vanum decus attrahit,
quos fortuna brevis, me potius gravi

.....assuevi ad venientium
curarum monitu verbera pertinax,
.....assuetumque ita verticem
curis opposui mox ferientibus.

Trans. copyright © Colin Sydenham 2006

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