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By R.P.M. Lehmann

This instruction manual was once produced with the purpose of offering scholars with an creation to outdated Irish literature in addition to to the language. one of many striking outdated Irish tales is used because the simple textual content. Examples of poems, and of the glosses, complement it. All are completely annotated. The grammatical info supplied in those annotations is summarized in grammatical sections facing particular structures and kinds. the 1st fifty of those sections are descriptive; some of the comparable issues are mentioned within the moment fifty part from a old perspective. a last thesaurus comprises references to all phrases taking place within the texts. The equipment was once for that reason designed to allow a comparatively effortless method of a truly tough language.

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If Venus had slain AEneas in the womb, the earth would have been bereft of the Caesars. And thou, who wast born so fair, wouldst have perished had thy mother done that act thou hast just essayed. And I, who am more fitted to die of love, would never have existed. ELEGY XIII. HE BESEECHES ISIS TO COME TO THE AID OF CORINNA IN HER CONFINEMENT. 32 THE LOVE BOOKS OF OVID Wherefore despoil the fruitful vine of the swelling grape? Wherefore, with cruel hand, tear away the fruit ere it be ripe? When ripe it will drop of its own accord, and once 'tis borne, let it increase at will; to bring new life into the world is meet reward for a few months of patience.

Do I, of all men, want an easy−going husband, a husband who would prostitute his wife? You poison my pleasure by your feeble acquiescence. Why don't you look for someone to whom such meekness would be welcome? If you wish that I should be your rival, then swear your rival I shall never be. BOOK III ELEGY I. THE TRAGIC IND THE ELEGIAC MUSE STRIVE FOR THE POSSESSION OF OVID. HERE is an age−old forest which for many a year the axe has never touched. They say that it is sacred to a god. In its midst is a sacred well sheltered by a grotto, hewn out of the rock; and all around, birds sing their BOOK III 36 THE LOVE BOOKS OF OVID sweet complaint.

Thy kisses are for me and mine for thee, alone. " In such−like words did I outpour my grief. The blush of shame o'erspread her guilty cheeks. So flushes the eastern sky when Tithonus' spouse arises from his bed, and so doth blush the maiden when her betrothed resteth his gaze upon her. So roses shine when lilies round them blow; so turns the pale moon red when by some magic spell her course in heaven is stayed; so gleams Assyrian ivory that a Maeonian dame has dyed with crimson so that it may not yellow grow with years.

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