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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
Exordium to a Poem on the Sea
 
Anonymous (circa 10 A.D. (?))
 
 
TETHYA marmoreo fecundam pandere ponto
  et salis aequorea uiridantis mole cauernas
quaeque sub aestifluis Thetis umida continet antris
coeptanti, Venus alma, faue, quae, semina caeli
parturiente salo, diuini germinis aestu        5
spumea purpurei dum sanguinat unda profundi,
nasceris e pelago, placido dea prosata mundo!
nam cum prima foret rebus natura ferundis
in foedus conexa suum, ne staret inerti
machina mole uacans, tibi primum candidus aether        10
astrigeram faciem nitido gemmauit Olympo.
te fecunda sinu tellus amplexa resedit
ponderibus librata suis, elementaque iussa
aeternas seruare uices. tu fetibus auges
cuncta suis, totus pariter tibi parturit orbis.        15
quare, diua, precor, quoniam tua munera paruo
ausus calle sequor, uitreo de gurgite uultus
dextera prome pios et numine laeta sereno
Pierias age pande uias: da Nerea molli
pacatum candere freto uotisque litata        20
fac saltem primas pelagi libemus harenas.
 

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