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Mosella by Ausonius


Contents

The Journey ; The Hymn ; Looking into the depths ; The Fishes ; The Vineyards ; The gods ; Reflections in the River ; Boatmen at Play ; The Anglers ; Riverside Villas ; Some of the Villas Described ; Tributaries of the Moselle ; A Salutation ; One day Ausonius will write of eminent Belgians ; The Moselle flows into the Rhine ; Ausonius on himself ; There is so much more to sing ; All other rivers will bow to the Moselle


13. A salutation

Hail, mighty source of crops and men, Moselle! Your famous princes, your war-hardened youths Your language, rival of the Latin tongue, These all adorn your brow. Nor is that all: Nature has given your children character, A happy temperament all free from care. Not Rome alone can boast her ancient Cato, Nor is there only one man called 'The Just" To flourish and bring glory to his city As Aristides did in Athens once.
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