Elegiae

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American Philosophical Society, 1988 - Philosophy - 346 pages
 

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Page 315 - Old age has many troubles; for the wretch Still seeks, but fears and will not use his hoard; Or else does everything in fear and cold; He puts things off and spins his hopes out long, Slow, greedy of the future, difficult, Full of complaints, a praiser of the past When he was young, a censor critical Of all the modern generation.
Page 35 - Hades' empty house and through his realm Of nothingness, as when the moon shines faintly With fitful, malignant light. The road led onward Through woods where Jove had hidden the sky in darkness And black night drawn day's color away from things. There on the very threshold and in the jaws Of Hell crouch Sorrow and avenging Cares. There dwell pale Illnesses, and sad old Age, And Fear, and Hunger that counsels evil, and squalid Poverty, frightful forms to see, Destruction, 290 Pain, and Sleep, Death's...
Page 319 - ... experience of the old man with a young mistress and the lament of both over its ineffectual issue because of his old age. The last, only twelve lines in length, gives the final conclusion of the old man : Be reconciled to old age; be content that you are coming to the inevitable: death and the grave. In essence these elegies are a blending of lascivious eroticism, in degenerate Ovidian or Ausonian vein, and of universal cynicism and pessimism, with a final touch of stoicism.
Page 62 - Trembling, doubtful, the old man is expectant Of ill, dreads foolishly his every act. He praises the past, despises the present years, Thinks only that is right wherein he's wise . . . His listener's gone but he keeps right on talking: Brave oldsters, brave in babbling alone!
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Page 116 - But if none of these conveyances is possible due to the exceedingly weak condition of the old man his bed should be suspended on ropes and moved back and forth. If this also is impossible a rope should be attached to one leg of his bed and thus he can be pulled about here and there by hand, as Celsus prescribes.

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