Resting Bird & Smiling Cat No. 3

A kedves nevet, a Lalage-t az ókori római költő Horatius (Kr.e. 65-27) használta először egy ódájához. A név eredete, egy görög igére, a lalageo-ra vezethető vissza, mely annyit tesz, mint fecsegni, csacsogni, s ebből alkotott Horatius női nevet.

Quintus Horatius Flaccus: Carmina (Book 1, poem
22, lines 23 and 24)

Integer vitae scelerisque purus
non eget Mauris iaculis neque arcu
nec venenatis gravida sagittis,
Fusce, pharetra,

sive per Syrtis iter aestuosas
sive facturus per inhospitalem
Caucasum vel quae loca fabulosus
lambit Hydaspes.

namque me silva lupus in Sabina,
dum meam canto Lalagen et ultra
terminum curis vagor expeditis,
fugit inermem;

quale portentum neque militaris
Daunias latis alit aesculetis
nec Iubae tellus generat, leonum
arida nutrix.

pone me pigris ubi nulla campis
arbor aestiva recreatur aura,
quod latus mundi nebulae malusque
Iuppiter urget;

pone sub curru nimium propinqui
solis in terra domibus negata:
dulce ridentem Lalagen amabo,
dulce loquentem.

 English translation:

No need of Moorish archer’s craft
To guard the pure and stainless liver;
He wants not, Fuscus, poison’d shaft
To store his quiver,

Whether he traverse Libyan shoals,
Or Caucasus, forlorn and horrent,
Or lands where far Hydaspes rolls
His fabled torrent.

A wolf, while roaming trouble-free
In Sabine wood, as fancy led me,
Unarm’d I sang my Lalage,
Beheld, and fled me.

Dire monster! in her broad oak woods
Fierce Daunia fosters none such other,
Nor Juba‘s land, of lion broods
The thirsty mother.

Place me where on the ice-bound plain
No tree is cheer’d by summer breezes,
Where Jove descends in sleety rain
Or sullen freezes;

Place me where none can live for heat,
‘Neath Phoebus’ very chariot plant me,
That smile so sweet, that voice so
sweet,
Shall still enchant me
.

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