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!


Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you

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;

pectora nostra, agedum, triplex o numen adepte,

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.

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Posted on August 4, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Just — WOW!


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