The Georgics, Book One
by Publius Vergilius Maro
Here the good and evil have changed places: so many
wars in the world, so many forms of wickedness, no honor
for the plow, farmers conscripted, the mournful fields untilled
and curved pruning hooks are beaten into unbending swords.
Here Euphrates, there Germany goes to war; neighboring
cities, flouting the laws they’ve both agreed on, take up arms
The unholy god of war rages over the whole world…
Virgil’s Georgics, a New Verse Translation by Janet Lembke
© Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2005.