Ovids Last Night in Rome

Ovid Tristia 1.3.1-34

When there comes [to my mind] the very sad picture of that night that was my last time in the city, when I recall the night on which I left so many [things] dear to me, now too a [tear] drop falls from my eyes. Already the day (lit., light) had almost come, on which Caesar had ordered me to depart from the farthest boundaries of Ausonia. Neither the time nor [my frame of] mind had been sufficiently favorable for preparing; my brain had become numb through long delay. I was not concerned with choosing slaves, a companion, clothing suitable for an exile, or necessities. I was stunned in the same way as [a person] who, struck by the lightning of Jupiter, lives and yet does not know he is alive (lit., is himself unaware of his life).

When, however, grief itself removed this cloud from [my] mind and my emotions recovered at last, [when] about to leave I addressed for the last time [my] sad friends, who now were one or two of many. As I wept (lit., weeping), [my] loving wife, weeping more bitterly herself, held [me] with a rain [of tears] falling constandy over [her] innocent cheeks. [My] daughter was abroad, far away from me, on African shores, and could not be informed of my fate. Wherever you looked, laments and groans were heard, and inside [the house] there was the appearance of a noisy funeral. Men and women, [and] children too, wept at my funeral, and in the house there was crying in every corner (lit, every corner had tears). If I may (lit., if it is allowed to) use prominent examples in an insignificant [case], this was the appearance of Troy when it was taken.

And already the sounds of men and dogs were growing quiet, and the lofty Moon was driving [her] nocturnal horses. Glancing up at her (i.e., the moon) and from her looking at the Capitol's twin peaks (lit., the Capitols), which to no purpose were close to my home, "[You] divinities living in neighboring dwellings," I said, "and temp/es now never [again] to be seen by my eyes, and gods whom the lofty city of Quirinus holds [and] whom I must leave, I greet you now and never again (lit., be greeted by me for all time).

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