Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Tibullus at Delia's house, 1866 (detail)
Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Tibullus at Delia’s house (1866; detail)

Te quoque Vergilio comitem non aequa, Tibulle,
Mors iuvenem campos misit ad Elysios,
ne foret aut elegis molles qui fleret amores
aut caneret forti regia bella pede.
(Marsus, fr. Courtney)

You too, Tibullus, inequitable death sent as Virgil’s comrade young to the Elysian Fields, lest any live to weep soft loves in elegiacs, or sing of royal wars in vigorous rhythm. (tr. Llewelyn Morgan)

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