John Donne, ‘Batter my heart’ (Latin hexameters)
This is a brilliant site! there are modern renderings of well known poems (Donne, Shakespeare, Tennyson, et al) into classical latin and greek. it’s very, very well done. wow!
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp’d town to another due,
Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
tunde, precor! nam mollis adhuc tuus impetus instat:
inspiras, radias, animum emendare labantem
cura tibi est; potius, vero ut consurgere possim,
deicias penitus, magno me robore frangas –
en ego sum flammis flatuque novandus acuto!
te, velut urbs regem, quam hostes rapuere, requirit,
nitor ut admittam, tamen – heu! – via nulla reperta est.