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Latin translation by T.S.Eliot of an English poem

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:05 pm

by BARRY CORNWALL.

The lake has burst! the lake has burst!
Down through the chasms the wild waves flee;
They gallop along,
With a roaring song,
Away to the eager awaiting sea!

Down through the valleys and over the rocks.
And over the forests, the flood runs free;
And wherever it dashes,
The oaks and the ashes
Shrink, drop, and are borne to the hungry sea !

The cottage of reeds and the tower of stone,
Both shaken to ruin, at last agree;
And the slave and his master
In one wide disaster,
Are hurried like weeds to the scornful sea !

The sea-beast he tosseth his foaming mane,
He bellows aloud to the misty sky;
And the sleep-buried Thunder
Awakens in wonder,
And the Lightning opens her piercing eye !

There is death above, there is death around,
There is death wherever the waters be;
There is nothing now doing
Save terror and ruin,
In earth, and in air, and the stormy sea!
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TRANSLATION by T.S.Eliot

LACUS ERUPTIO

Fugere ruptis obicibus lacus,
fugere lymphae : per cava litorum
exsultim et immissis habenis
agmine prono equitant liquores,
bacchantium cum murmure fluctuum
dudum vocantem visere Nerea.
per saxa depressasque valles
per silvas furit expedite
umore torrens amnis: et impetus
tumultuantem qua tulit, ilices
a stirpe convulsas et ornos
traxit ad oceanum voracem:
regumque turres tectaque pauperum
tandem ruinae conciliant pares;
fatoque consortes eodem
cum famulis domini per unam
stragem in superbos, ceu stipulae leues,
volvuntur aestus. vorticibus furit
Neptunus et cristas comantes
fluctibus aeriasque torquens
spumas opacum nubibus ad polum
immugit omnis : quo fremitu Pater
erectus excusso sopore
fulminat et iaculatur ignes:
supraque circumque exitium ingruit,
quocunque cursum praecipitant aquae;
tellusque caelumque et tremendas
ira maris glomerat ruinas.
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Re: Latin translation by T.S.Eliot of an English poem

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:11 pm

For a similar real event, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%B6da_fallet

The last verse looks like a storm at sea caused by the same bad weather that had made the lake swell and burst.
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Re: Latin translation by T.S.Eliot of an English poem

Postby Aetos » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:03 am

I was looking for translations in this collection (Sabrinae Corolla) by our friend T.S. Evans and it appears that this poem is one of them. There's a hand written index of translators and T.S. Evans' name comes up for translations on pages 5, 27, 45, 91, 115, 127, 195, 251, 257, 261, 269, 319 and 322.
It appears that Benjamin H. Kennedy contributed many of these "flores". It's the abbreviation of his name "K." that got me started. The printed index of prize recipients has the abbreviations of their names in the far right column if they contributed to the translations in the collection.
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Re: Latin translation by T.S.Eliot of an English poem

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:06 am

What meter is the Latin translation?
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Re: Latin translation by T.S.Eliot of an English poem

Postby Aetos » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:51 pm

I believe it's an Alcaic Stanza. I didn't scan the whole poem, but at first glance it appears to fit that pattern.
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Re: Latin translation by T.S.Eliot of an English poem

Postby mwh » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:15 am

Yes it’s in Horatian Alcaics, as is immediately clear from the first three or four lines. It should be printed in 4-line stanzas.

And Anthony please correct the absurd heading.
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Re: Latin translation by T.S.Eliot of an English poem

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:01 am

The title "Lacus Eruptio" was in my source. I did not invent it.

mwh wrote:Yes it’s in Horatian Alcaics, as is immediately clear from the first three or four lines. It should be printed in 4-line stanzas.

And Anthony please correct the absurd heading.
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Re: Latin translation by T.S.Eliot of an English poem

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:02 am

TRANSLATION by T.S.Eliot

Fugere ruptis obicibus lacus,
fugere lymphae : per cava litorum
exsultim et immissis habenis
agmine prono equitant liquores,

bacchantium cum murmure fluctuum
dudum vocantem visere Nerea.
per saxa depressasque valles
per silvas furit expedite

umore torrens amnis: et impetus
tumultuantem qua tulit, ilices
a stirpe convulsas et ornos
traxit ad oceanum voracem:

regumque turres tectaque pauperum
tandem ruinae conciliant pares;
fatoque consortes eodem
cum famulis domini per unam

stragem in superbos, ceu stipulae leues,
volvuntur aestus. vorticibus furit
Neptunus et cristas comantes
fluctibus aeriasque torquens

spumas opacum nubibus ad polum
immugit omnis : quo fremitu Pater
erectus excusso sopore
fulminat et iaculatur ignes:

supraque circumque exitium ingruit,
quocunque cursum praecipitant aquae;
tellusque caelumque et tremendas
ira maris glomerat ruinas.
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