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Answers to Exercise 5.11


Every lover is a soldier, and Cupid has his own camp;

believe me, Atticus, every lover is a soldier.

The age which is appropriate for war is also suitable for love;

an old man as a soldier is a shameful thing, and love in old age is a shameful thing.

The spirit that leaders have sought in a brave soldier,

this same spirit does a pretty girl seek in a man who is her partner.

Both stay awake all night; each rests on the ground –

one guards the door of his mistress, but the other that of his leader.

A long journey is the task of a soldier; send away the girl,

and the energetic lover will follow with any limit removed.

He will go into mountains that oppose him and rivers doubled by in size by rain,

he will tread down piled-up snow.

Who except either a soldier or a lover will tolerate both the cold of night

and snow mixed with heavy rain?

One is sent as a spy against hostile enemies;

the other keeps his eyes on his rival, as on an enemy.

That one besieges mighty cities, this one the threshold of a hard-hearted girlfriend;

this one breaks down city-gates, but that one house-doors.


– ᵕ ᵕ | – – | – // – | – ᵕ ᵕ | – ᵕ ᵕ | – x

ibit in adversos montes duplicataque nimbo

– ᵕ ᵕ | – – |– //– ᵕ ᵕ | – ᵕ ᵕ | x

flumina, congestas exteret ille nives.


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