Unrequited Love

Vergil Eclogues 8.17-42

Rise (lit., be born), Morning Star, and precede and bring on the life-giving day, while I, deceived by the unworthy love of [my] partner, Nysa, complain and, although I achieved nothing with them (i.e., the gods) as witnesses, nevertheless, as I die (lit., dying), I address the gods in [my] final hour. (Begin, my flute, Maenalian verses with me.)

Maenalus always has both rustling forest and whispering pines; it is always hearing the loves of herdsmen and Pan, who first did not allow reeds to be idle. (Begin, my flute, Maenalian verses with me.)

Nysa is being given to Mopsus. What are [we] lovers not to expect? Griffins will now be mated with horses, and in the following age timid deer will come to drink with dogs. (Begin, my flute, Maenalian verses with me.)

Mopsus, cut new torches; a wife is being brought to you. Husband, scatter nuts; for you the Evening Star leaves [Mt.] Oeta. (Begin, my flute, Maenalian verses with me.)

O [you], joined to a worthy husband, while you look down on everyone and while you dislike my pipe and nanny goats and shaggy eyebrow and long beard, and you do not believe that any of the gods tends to human [affairs]. (Begin, my flute, Maenalian verses with me.)

In our enclosure I saw you [when you were] small with your mother (I was your guide) picking dewy apples. The next year after [my] eleventh had already received me; already I was able to reach fragile branches from the ground. As soon as I saw [you], I was lost and foul madness swept me away. (Begin, my flute, Maenalian verses with me.)

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