Io Restored, from the Metamorphoses (Trot)
- He/ that one (Jupiter), having embraced the necks of his wife with arms,
- asks that at length she end the punishments, and "in future
- give (up) fears," he says, "never to you a cause of sorrow
- will this feminine thing/ these neuter things be," and he orders the Stygian swamps to hear this.
- As the goddess was soothed, she/ that one (Io) takes/ seizes her former faces
- and becomes what she was before. The bristles fall/ flee from her body,
- horns decrease/ shrink to nothing, the orb of light becomes narrower/ closer together,
- the wide mouth draws together/ contracts, upper arms and shoulders return,
- and the hoof, having melted away/ dissolved, is diminished into five nails:
- of the cow nothing is left/ remains to the form/shape (that is, her form has nothing left of the cow) except whiteness in her.
- And by the office/ kindness of two feet the happy/ content nymph/ girl/ maiden
- is erected/ erects herself and fears to speak, lest by the habit/ custom/ character of a cow/ young female ox
- she should low/ bellow, and timidly tries again the suspended/ intermitted words.
- Intro - English - Latin - Trot
- Animal Poetry
Translations by Ursula Whitcher, 2001