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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
Another Martyrdom of Cupid
 
Modestinus (circa 350 A.D.)
 
 
FORTE iacebat Amor uictus puer alite somno
  myrti inter frutices pallentis roris in herba.
hunc procul emissae tenebrosa Ditis ab aula
circueunt animae, saeua face quas cruciarat.
‘ecce meus uenator’, ait ‘hunc’ Phaedra ‘ligemus!’        5
crudelis ‘crinem’ clamabat Scylla ‘metamus!’
Colchis et orba Procne ‘numerosa caede necemus!’
Didon et Canace ‘saeuo gladio perimamus!’
Myrrha ‘meis ramis’, Euhadneque ‘igne crememus!’
‘hunc’ Arethusa inquit Byblisque ‘in fonte necemus!’        10
ast Amor euigilans dixit ‘mea pinna, uolemus’.
 

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