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Citation: Mala soluta navis exit alite
ferens olentem Maevium
  ut horridus utrumque verberes latus
  auster, momento fluctibus
niger rudentes Eurus, inverso mari,
fractosque remos differat...
O quantos instat [navitis] sudor tuis
  tibique pallor luteus
et illa non virilis ejulatio
preces et adversum ad Jovem
Language: Latin
References: The Golden Ocean, pages 178, 179
Meaning: An evil, winged omen is unleashed, and the ship bearing the foul Maevius sets out.
O South Wind, make sure you pound her on both her sides with savage waves!
May the black North Wind, with the sea in a turmoil, carry away her rigging and smashed oars! [4 couplets omitted]
Oh, what a sweat there will be on your sailors!
For you what a bilious-yellow pallor and such an unmanly yowl, with prayers to the hard-hearted Jupiter!


Horace Epodi 10. Maevius was a wretched poetical contemporary of Virgil. In line 3 O'Brian's horridus should be horridis; in line 7 the word navitis is missing. In the final line adversum is lit. 'unregarding'.

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