Home > Uncategorized > Virgil: None heard the trumpet’s blast, nor direful clang of smitten anvils loud with shaping sword

Virgil: None heard the trumpet’s blast, nor direful clang of smitten anvils loud with shaping sword

====

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Greek and Roman writers on war and peace

Virgil: On war and on peace

====

Virgil
From Georgic II
Translated by Theodore Chickering Williams

Meanwhile the husbandman upturns the glebe
With well-curved share, inaugurating so
The whole year’s fruitful toil, by which he feeds
His native land, his children’s children too,
His flocks and herds, and cattle worth his care…
The livelong year His gathered children to his kisses cling.

****

Such way of life the ancient Sabines knew,
And Remus with his twin; thus waxed the power
Of the Etrurian cities; thus rose Rome
The world’s chief jewel, and with towering wall
Compassed in one her hills and strongholds seven.
Yea, and before the Cretan King assumed
The sceptre of the skies, ere impious man
Began on murdered flocks to feast his kind,
Such life on earth did golden Saturn show.
None heard the trumpet’s blast, nor direful clang
Of smitten anvils loud with shaping swords.

Categories: Uncategorized
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: