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"[Farewell to Florence]"

"[Farewell to Florence]"


1     . . . oh Faesulae, amoena
2 Frigoribus juga, nec nimium spirantibus auris!
3 Alma quibus Tusci Pallas decus Apennini
4 Esse dedit, glaucaque sua canescere sylva.
5 Non ego vos posthac Arni de valle videbo
6 Porticibus circum, et candenti cincta corona
7 Villarum longe nitido consurgere dorso,
8 Antiquamve aedem, et veteres praeferre cupressus
9 Mirabor, tectisque super pendentia tecta.

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Title/Paratext] "[Prose translation by J. R. [...]" H.W. Starr/J.R. Hendrickson, 1966.

"[Prose translation by J. R. Hendrickson:]
"Farewell to Florence"

    O lovely hills of Fiesole, cooled by breezes that never blow too hard! To whom fostering Pallas gave the privilege of being the spot of greatest beauty and charm in the Tuscan Apennines and of being hoary with groves of her silver-green tree. Never again shall I see you in the distance from the valley of the Arno, girt all around with porticoes and a chaplet of gleaming white villas, as you soar aloft on the shining ridge; never again shall I gaze in wonder at the ancient temple with its screen of aged cypress and the roofs hanging over roofs."

The Complete Poems of Thomas Gray: English, Latin and Greek. Edited by Herbert W. Starr and J. R. Hendrickson. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1966, 150.

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1     . . . oh Faesulae, amoena
2 Frigoribus juga, nec nimium spirantibus auris!
3 Alma quibus Tusci Pallas decus Apennini
4 Esse dedit, glaucaque sua canescere sylva.
5 Non ego vos posthac Arni de valle videbo
6 Porticibus circum, et candenti cincta corona
7 Villarum longe nitido consurgere dorso,
8 Antiquamve aedem, et veteres praeferre cupressus
9 Mirabor, tectisque super pendentia tecta.

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  • The Complete Poems of Thomas Gray: English, Latin and Greek. Edited by Herbert W. Starr and J. R. Hendrickson. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1966.

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