by Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70 BCE - 19 BCE)
Translation © by David Wyatt

Dulces exuviae, dum fata deusque sinebat
Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG
Dulces exuviae, dum fata deusque sinebat,
accipite hanc animam meque his exsolvite curis,
Vixi et quem dederat cursum fortuna peregi,
et nunc magna mei sub terras ibit imago.
Urbem praeclaram statui, mea moenia vidi,
ulta virum poenas inimico a fratre recepi,
felix, heu nimium felix, si litora tantum
numquam Dardaniae tetigissent nostra carinae. 

Josquin des Prez sets lines 1-4

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Sweet relics, as long as fate and the god allow", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John Dryden) , written 1697

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This text was added to the website: 2009-10-31
Line count: 8
Word count: 53

Sweet relics, as long as fate and the god allow
Language: English  after the Latin 
O relics, sweet as long as fate and the god allowed,
Receive this my spirit and free me from these troubles;
I have lived, and finished the course which fortune gave me,
And now my great shade [soul] will go under the earth [to Hades].
I have founded a famous city, I have seen my walls rise;
Avenging my husband, I have exacted punishment on my brother, my enemy;
Fortunate, oh only too fortunate, if those Trojan ships
Had never reached our shores.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-10-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 83