Io Restored, from the Metamorphoses
- Jupiter, embracing his wife's neck,
- begs that at last she end the punishments, and says,
- "In future give up fear; this will never
- cause you sorrow," and he swears by the Styx.
- As Juno softens, Io grasps her former shape
- and becomes what she was before. Her bristles fall away,
- horns disappear, her light-filled eyes draw closer,
- her bovine grin now smiles, her arms and hands return,
- and each hoof melts into five nails:
- her form holds no trace of the cow save whiteness.
- The happy nymph stands tall on two feet
- but fears to speak, for she might moo from habit,
- and timidly she tests suspended words.
- Intro - English - Latin - Trot
- Animal Poetry
Translations by Ursula Whitcher, 2001