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Mosella by Ausonius


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

2. The Hymn

Greetings! River praised for farmlands, Praised by farmers, for you brought Here to them those walls of Trier Worthy of a Caesar’s court.

River path by the Moselle

Greetings! River flanked by hillsides Promising the scent of wine, Flanked with banks of lushest grasses; Green your grass and green your vine. Like the sea you carry shipping, River-like, your wavelets pass, Like a brook you wind and shimmer, Like a lake, your depths are glass. No cool springs match you for drinking. Spring, brook, river, lake and sea Flowing back and forth to meet you - All they are, you too can be. As you slip, with placid waters, Nothing harms your even flow, Neither breath of wind above you Nor deep-hidden rocks below; Nor do boiling shallows rush you, And no island stands up high To repel your waters from it, Challenging your majesty. Sailors travel downstream, using Oars to strike your moving tide; Upstream, haul the mast with hawsers, Straining up the river-side. As you watch your swirling eddies, You must think you go too slow. On your bank no muddy sedges; Dry-foot to your edge we go.
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