(BEING CONTINUED FROM 15/01/16)
CONTENTS OF BOOK II.
Introduction, 1-6. A time of plagues and wickedness, 715. The tenth race, 16-28. A time of peace, 29-36.
Great sign and contest, 37-63. A chapter of proverbs,64-188. The contest, 189-195. Woes of the last generation, 196-222. Events of the last day, 223-263.
Resurrection and judgment, 264-312. Punishment of the wicked, 313-383. Blessedness of the righteous, 384-403. Some saved from the fire, 404-415. The Sibyl’s wail, 416-427.
405 Imperishable grant another thing,When they shall ask the imperishable God:
That he will suffer men from raging fire And endless gnawing anguish to be saved;
And this will he do. For hereafter he 410 Will pluck them from the restless flame, elsewhere Remove them, and for his own people’s sake Send them to other and eternal life
With the immortals, in Elysian field1,Where move far-stretching billows of the lake
415 Of ever-flowing Acheron profound.
Ah2, miserable woman that I am!What shall I be in that day? for I sinned–
Being busy foolishly about all things,Caring for neither marriage-bond nor reason;
420 But even in my wealthy husband’s house I shut the needy out; and formerly
I knowingly performed unlawful things.
But, Saviour, though I shameless things performed,Do thou from my tormentors rescue me,
425 A shameless woman. And I pray thee now Make me to rest a little from my song,
Holy Giver of manna, King of the great realm.
(TO BE CONTINUED)
TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK AND ENGLISH BLANK VERSE BY MILTON S. TERRY,Professor in Garrett Biblical Institute,
NEW YORK: HUNT & EATON CINCINNATI: CRANSTON & STOWE 1890 ,
Copyright, 1890, by HUNT & EATON,NEW YORK.