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Famous Camilla Poems by Famous Poets

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by Pope, Alexander
When Ajax strives, some Rocks' vast Weight to throw,
The Line too labours, and the Words move slow;
Not so, when swift Camilla scours the Plain,
Flies o'er th'unbending Corn, and skims along the Main.
Hear how Timotheus' vary'd Lays surprize,
And bid Alternate Passions fall and rise!
While, at each Change, the Son of Lybian Jove
Now burns with Glory, and then melts with Love;
Now his fierce Eyes with sparkling Fury glow;
Now Sighs steal out, and Tears begin to flow:
Pers...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
 Of manhood, and love's rule, his thoughts prefer. 
 The Italian lowlands he shall reach and save, 
 For which Camilla of old, the virgin brave, 
 Turnus and Nisus died in strife. His chase 
 He shall not cease, nor any cowering-place 
 Her fear shall find her, till he drive her back, 
 From city to city exiled, from wrack to wrack 
 Slain out of life, to find the native hell 
 Whence envy loosed her. 
 For thyself were
 To follow where I lead, and tho...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...ui mor? la vergine Cammilla,
Eurialo e Turno e Niso di ferute .

He will restore low-lying Italy for which
the maid Camilla died of wounds, 
and Nisus, Turnus, and Euryalus.

Questi la caccer? per ogne villa,
fin che l'avr? rimessa ne lo 'nferno,
l? onde 'nvidia prima dipartilla .

And he will hunt that beast through every city
until he thrusts her back again to Hell, 
for which she was first sent above by envy.

Ond'io per lo tuo me' penso e discerno
che tu...Read More

by Hall, Donald
...woodshed to Glenwood and build up the fire 
that keeps the coldest night outside our windows.
Sit by the woodstove, Camilla, 
while I bring glasses of white,

and we'll talk, passing the time, about weather 
without pretending that we can alter it:
Storms stop when they stop, no sooner,
leaving the birches glossy

with ice and bent glittering to rimy ground.
We'll avoid the programmed weatherman grinning 
from the box, cheerful with tempest,
and take the day as it com...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw,
The line too labors, and the words move slow;
Not so, when swift Camilla scours the plain,
Flies o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main.
Hear how Timotheus' varied lays surprise,
And bid alternate passions fall and rise!...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...iery dartsWhich, dipp'd in beauty's pleasure, poison hearts.Neither Camilla, nor the warlike hostThat cut their breasts, could so much valour boastNor Cæsar in Pharsalia fought so well,As she 'gainst him who pierceth coats of mail;All her brave virtues arm'd, attended there,(A glorious troop!) and...Read More

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