Sunday, January 3, 2016

The respite

. and when I thought
of singing of kings
and battles, the god
Apollo tweaked my ear 
and said to me, 'A 
shepherd should feed 
fat sheep and sing a 
slender song.'

    All of the songs Apollo sang alongside
    The listening river Eurotas who, blessed with the music,
    Commanded that his laurels learn them by heart,
    All these Silenus sang; the echoing valleys
    Echoed them up to the stars, till the Evening Star
    Said it was time for the flocks to come back in,
    Time to be counted, and time for him to set out
    Over a sky reluctant to yield the day.

David Ferry
The Eclogues of Virgil
  Eclogue VI
  i    fragment
  vi  complete
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999©

ii  Tim Schuhmacher

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