Prayer for His Lady's Life
From Propertius, Elegiae, Lib. III, 26 °
let thy clemency, Persephone, hold firm, °
thou, Pluto, bring here no greater harshness. °
many thousand beauties are gone down to Avernus, °
Might let one remain above with us.
you is Iope, with you the white-gleaming Tyro, °
you is Europa and the shameless Pasiphae, °
all the fair from Troy and all from Achaia, °
the sundered realms, of Thebes and of aged Priamus; °
all the maidens of Rome, as many as they were,
died and the greed of your flame consumes them.
let thy clemency, Persephone, hold firm,
thou, Pluto, bring here no greater harshness.
many thousand fair are gone down to Avernus,
might let one remain above with us.
Propertius = Roman poet whose Third Book of Elegies
contained 25 poems; Pound proposes this poem as the
and Persephone = Roman god of the underworld and his
= a lake in the underworld
Tyro, Europa, Parsiphae, Priamus = various characters
Greek or Roman mythology
= region in ancient Greece
= ancient Greek city