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C. Valerius Catullus, Carmina (ed. Sir Richard Francis Burton), (LOQUITUR) BERENICE'S LOCK. (search)
ischarge promise thou madest of old:
Maugrè my will, 0 Queen, my place on thy head I relinquished,
Maugrè my will, I attest, swearing by thee and thy head;
Penalty due shall befall whoso makes oath to no purpose.
Yet who assumes the vaunt forceful as iron to be?
E'en was that mount o'erthrown, though greatest in universe, where through
Thía's illustrious race speeded its voyage to end,
Whenas the Medes brought forth new sea, and barbarous youth-hood
Urged an Armada to swim traversing middle-Athos.
What can be done by Hair when such things yield them to Iron?
Jupiter! Grant Chalybon perish the whole of the race,
Eke who in primal times ore seeking under the surface
Showed th' example, and spalled iron however so hard.
Shortly before I was shorn my sister tresses bewailèd
Lot of me, e'en as the sole brother to Memnon the Black,
Winnowing upper air wi' feathers flashing and quiv'ring,
Chloris' wing-borne steed, came before Arsinoë,
Whence upraising myself he flies through aëry shadow<