Thursday, 17 December 2015

De Spectaculis Liber XXX - Marcus Valerius Martialis

While a roused hind was flying
    from the swift Molossian hounds,
and tangled the drawn-out chase by divers wiles,
    before Caesar's feet,
suppliant and as in prayer, she stayed,
    and the hounds touched not their prey....
This boon she won
    for that she avowed her Prince!
Power divine hath Caesar:
    sacred, sacred is this puissance.
Believe it ye:
    beasts have not learned to lie.

Marcus Valerius Martialis (c. 40 - 104) Spain
Translated by Abraham Cowley (1618 - 1667)

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