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by The Emperor Hadrian (76 -138 A.D.)
With comment by John Birtwhistle
Animula vagula blandula,
hospes comesque corporis,
quae nunc abibis in loca
pallidula rigida nudula,
nec ut soles dabis iocos!
My soul, my pleasant soul and witty,
The guest and consort of my body,
Into what place now all alone
Naked and sad wilt thou be gone?
No mirth, no wit, as heretofore,
Nor jests wilt thou afford me more.
(translated by Henry Vaughan, 1652)
Ah! gentle, …
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