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corpore factis

Adfusique suae radicibus arboris haerent.
Nil nisi jam faciem, quod non foret arbor, habebas,
Cara soror. lacrymae verso de corpore
Irrorant foliis: ac, dum licet, oraque praestant 65
Vocis iter, tales effundit in aëra questus :

fides miseris, 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 ; nostraque sub arbore saepe Lac facitote bibat; noftraque sub arbore ludat. Cumque loqui poterit, matrem facitote falutet, 8a Et tristis dicat, Latet hoc sub ftipite mater.

Prostrate, with tears their kindred plant bedew,
And close 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 distills a trickling tear,
And strait a voice, while yet a voice remains,
Thus thro’ the trembling boughs in sighs com-

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honours prey.

If to the wretched


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 false, let these new greens decay,
Let sounding axes lop my


away, 74
And crackling flames on all my
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 first his infant voice shall frame
Imperfect words, and lisp his mother's name, 81
To hail this tree, and say 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 est pietas, ab acutae vulnere falcis; go
A pecoris morsu 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 ; summoque cacumine condor.
Ex oculis removete manus. fine munere veftro
Contegat inductus morientia lumina cortex.
Defierant simul ora loqui, fimul effe: diuque 100
Corpore mutato rami caluere recentes.

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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 sister, and my spouse, farewel !
If in

breasts or love or pity dwell,
Protect your plant, nor let my

branches feel
The browzing cattle or the piercing steel. 90
Farewell ! and since I cannot bend to join
My lips to yours, advance at least to mine.
My son, thy mother's parting kiss receive,
While yet thy mother has a kiss to give. 95
I can no more; the creeping rind invades
My closing lips, and hides my head in shades
Remove your hands, the bark shall soon suffice
Without their aid to seal these dying eyes.

She ceas'd at once to speak, and ceas'd to be;
And all the nymph was lost within the tree; 101
Yet latent life thro' her new branches reign'd,
And long the plant a human heat retain’d.

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