Lectisternium

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Lectisternium

Postby Saturn » Mon May 10, 2010 8:25 pm

Lectisternium

What impiety beyond the
Scope of old Sybilline lore
Has ushered in calamity
And broke ope' temples
And split graves amain?
What Titan unleashed
Has severed adamantine
Chains forged for eternity?
Must I lay out the offerings
On the couches of the gods?
Prostrate, must my hands
Touch the tails of the sky
Before immortals hear
And stave off disaster?
How many triads call
For appeasement, what
Offering will calm the ire
Of grim deathless ones?

We send incense, smoke
To Olympus' high porches;
Felled innumerable herds,
And yet the blue heavens
Drop misfortune like lead.
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"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".
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Re: Lectisternium

Postby BrokenLyre » Mon May 10, 2010 9:14 pm

My Saturn, you do have a great way with words. Incredible.
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Re: Lectisternium

Postby Raphael » Mon May 10, 2010 10:20 pm

You have excelled yourself here Saturn! Quite Keatsian in parts- Junkets would like it I think!
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

Peter Sanson, 1995.
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Re: Lectisternium

Postby Saturn » Tue May 11, 2010 11:10 am

Tush tush, I am but a dabbler, I think Wordsworth, as he said of Keats' Hyperion would say it's a 'pretty piece of paganism', but I thank you both for you kind words.
"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".
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Re: Lectisternium

Postby Raphael » Tue May 11, 2010 5:55 pm

I rather like pretty paganism... :wink:
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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Re: Lectisternium

Postby Cybele » Sun May 16, 2010 1:57 am

Oh, Saturn! Those last two lines are goose bump-inducing!
Wonderful!
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Re: Lectisternium

Postby marwood » Sun May 16, 2010 11:55 am

I heartily agree! good stuff Saturn.
Thanks for sharing.
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