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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

7. Reflections in the river

Reflections in the Moselle

But hereís a sight to revel in, not hide: Dark mountains, echoed in the sparkling streams, As river water sprouts fresh leaves, it seems, And young vine shoots are planted in the tide. What colours stain the ford, as Vesperís star Brings on the shades of evening! Each green hill Swims in Moselle, and mountain ridges fill All places where the rippling waters are. The absent tendril trembles, and grapes swell In glassy water. As his craft floats by, The boatman counts green vines. Hill, shadow, sky And river meet - but where, he cannot tell.
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