Blandus honos hilarisque tamen cum pondere virtus.
A dignity that charms and virtue gay yet weighty.
Book II, 3, line 65
Qui bona fide deos colit amat et sacerdotes.
Whoever worships the gods in good faith, loves their priests too.
Book V, Preface, line 10
Sic auferre rogis umbram conatur et ingens
certamen cum Morte gerit, curasque fatigat
artificum inque omni te quaerit amare metallo.
Sed mortalis honos, agilis quem dextra laborat.
So does he strive to rescue your shade from the pyre and wages a mighty contest with Death, wearying the efforts of artists and seeking to love you in every material. But beauty created by toil of cunning hand is mortal.
Book V, 1, line 7
Nec frons triste rigens nimiusque in moribus horror
sed simplex hilarisque fides et mixta pudori
Yet no stiff and frowning face was hers, no undue austerity in her manners, but gay and simple loyalty, charm blended with modesty.
Book V, 1, line 64
Excidat illa dies aevo nec postera credant
saecula. nos certe taceamus et obruta multa
nocte tegi propriae patiamur crimina gentis.
May that day perish from Time's record, nor future generations believe it! Let us at least keep silence, and suffer the crimes of our own house to be buried deep in whelming darkness.