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In oblivionem patriae.

Forgetting one’s country


Iam dudum missa patria oblitusque tuorum,
Quos tibi seu sanguis sive paravit amor,
Romam habitas, nec cura domum subit ulla reverti,
Aeternae tantým te capit urbis honos.
Sic Ithacum praemissa manus[1] dulcedine loti
Liquerat & patriam, liquerat atque ducem.

You have long since given up your country and, forgetful of your own people given you by blood or love, you dwell in Rome, and no thought of returning home ever occurs to you. Only the glory of the eternal city possesses you. Even so the advance party of Ithacans, through the sweetness of the lotus, had abandoned homeland and abandoned leader too.

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Oubliance de son pays.


Depuis que tu te tiens a Romme,
Tu as oubliť tes amys,
Et tous tes parens: ainsi comme
Les gens par Ulixes transmis,
Qui furent ainsi que endormis,
Quand du fruict de Loton tasterent:
Et d’eulx fust tel oubly commis,
Par la doulceur qu’ilz y gousterent.


1.Ithacum...manus, ‘party of Ithacans’. See Homer, Odyssey 9.83ff. for the story of Ulysses’ crew (men from the island of Ithaca) in the land of the Lotus Eaters, where those who ate the lotus had no more thought of returning home. See Erasmus, Adagia 1662 Lotum gustavit.

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