The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 1/Adrian's Address to his Soul when Dying

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The Works of Lord Byron by George Gordon Byron
Adrian's Address to his Soul when Dying
Byron's translation of Hadrian's Latin

ADRIAN'S ADDRESS TO HIS SOUL WHEN DYING.

Animula! vagula, Blandula,
Hospes, comesque corporis,
Quæ nunc abibis in Loca—
Pallidula, rigida, nudula,
Nec, ut soles, dabis Jocos?


Translation.

Ah! gentle, fleeting, wav'ring Sprite,
Friend and associate of this clay!
To what unknown region borne,
Wilt thou, now, wing thy distant flight?
No more with wonted humour gay,
But pallid, cheerless, and forlorn.

1806.