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This poem is taken from PN Review 247, Volume 45 Number 5, May - June 2019.

from the Mosella of Ausonius
Passages from the Mosella of Ausonius (fourth century A.D.)
Alex Wong
Greenest of creatures,
             up your left and right
Ridges      garnished aromatically
With vines;
             coated along the slopes
Of tender sides      with turfy reaches;—

Ship-bearing as seas,
             but sliding river-like
With a declining run; in lucid volume
Rivalrous with broad, capacious lakes;

Peer to rills and becks
             in excitation; smart
Challenger to any chilly spring
For a pure cup;
                       little runnel,
Gush of the fountain:
             what does either claim?—

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