Claudius Claudianus [Claudian]
4th-5th c. AD
Latin (Late Imperial/Christian Era)
PANEGYRICVS DE SEXTO CONSVLATV HONORII AVGVSTI.
[CLAUDIUS CLAUDIANUS' PANEGYRIC CELEBRATING THE 6TH CONSULSHIP OF THE AUGUSTUS, HONORIUS]
Omnia, quae sensu volvuntur vota diurno,
Pectore sopito reddit amica quies.
[With a sleepy heart, friendly sleep grants all things that have been vowed during the course of the day.]
Venator defessa toro cum membra reponit,
Mens tamen ad silvas et sua lustra redit.
[Even after the hunter sets his weary limbs down upon his bed, his mind stills returns to the woods and groves therein.]
Iudicibus lites, aurigae somnia currus 5
Vanaque nocturnis meta cavetur equis.
[Dreams of lawsuits come to judges, and the chariot to the charioteer, and he avoids the mirages of turning-posts upon his nocturnal stallions.]
Furto gaudet amans, permutat navita merces
[A lover rejoices in a secret affair, while a merchant exchanges his wares]
Et vigil elapsas quaerit avarus opes
[and the greedy night patrol requests his bribe, destined to disappear of course--]
Blandaque largitur frustra sitientibus aegris
Inriguus gelido pocula fonte sopor. 10
[and to no avail, a man is granted blessings in his drought-afflicted fields, and soaking sleep fills his cups like a cold spring.]