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Adfufique fuae radicibus arboris haerent.
Nil nifi jam faciem, quod non foret arbor, habebas, Cara foror. lacrymae verfo de corpore factis Irrorant foliis: ac, dum licet, oraque praeftant 65 Vocis iter, tales effundit in aëra queftus :
qua fides miferis, hoc me per numina juro
Non meruiffe nefas. patior fine crimine poenam.
Viximus innocuae: fi mentior, arida perdam,
Quas habeo, frondes; et caesa securibus urar. 75
Hunc tamen infantem maternis demite ramis,
Et date nutrici; noftraque fub arbore faepe
Lac facitote bibat; noftraque fub arbore ludat.
Cumque loqui poterit, matrem facitote falutet, 80
Et triftis dicat, Latet hoc fub ftipite mater.
Proftrate, with tears their kindred plant bedew,
And clofe embrace as to the roots they grew.
The face was all that now remain'd of thee,
No more a woman, nor yet quite a tree;
Thy branches hung with humid pearls appear, 65
From ev'ry leaf diftills a trickling tear,
And strait a voice, while yet a voice remains, Thus thro' the trembling boughs in fighs complains.
If to the wretched any faith be given,
I fwear by all th' unpitying pow'rs of heav'n, 70 No wilful crime this heavy vengeance bred;
In mutual innocence our lives we led:
If this be falfe, let thefe new greens decay,
Let founding axes lop my limbs away, 74
And crackling flames on all my honours prey.
But from my branching arms this infant bear,
Let some kind nurse supply a mother's care:
And to his mother let him oft be led,
Sport in her shades, and in her shades be fed;
Teach him, when firft his infant voice fhall frame
Imperfect words, and lisp his mother's name, 81
To hail this tree, and fay with weeping eyes,
Within this plant my hapless parent lies:
Stagna tamen timeat; nec carpat ab arbore flores:
Et frutices omnes corpus putat effe Dearum.
Care, vale, conjux, et tu germana, paterque !
Quîs fiqua eft pietas, ab acutae vulnere falcis; 90
A pecoris morfu frondes defendite noftras.
Et quoniam mihi fas ad vos incumbere non est,
Erigite huc artus, et ad oscula nostra venite, 95
Dum tangi poffunt, parvumque attollite natum.
Plura loqui nequeo. nam jam per candida mollis
Colla liber ferpit; fummoque cacumine condor.
Ex oculis removete manus. fine munere veftro
Contegat inductus morientia lumina cortex.
Defierant fimul ora loqui, fimul effe: diuque 100
Corpore mutato rami caluere recentes.
And when in youth he seeks the shady woods,
Oh! let him fly the crystal lakes and floods, 85
Nor touch the fatal flow'rs; but, warn'd by me,
Believe a goddess shrin'd in ev'ry tree.
My fire, my fifter, and my spouse, farewel!
If in your breasts or love or pity dwell,
Protect your plant, nor let my branches feel
The browzing cattle or the piercing steel.
Farewell! and fince I cannot bend to join
My lips to yours, advance at least to mine.
My fon, thy mother's parting kiss receive,
While yet thy mother has a kiss to give.
I can no more; the creeping rind invades
My clofing lips, and hides my head in shades ;
Remove your hands, the bark shall soon suffice
Without their aid to feal thefe dying eyes.
She ceas'd at once to speak, and ceas'd to be; And all the nymph was loft within the tree; 101 Yet latent life thro' her new branches reign'd, And long the plant a human heat retain'd.