Skip to Main Content
Poems

Poems: Volume 85-86

translated by Clarence H. Miller
edited and annotated by Harry Vredeveld
Volume: 85-86
Copyright Date: 1993
https://doi.org/10.3138/9781442678569
Pages: 835
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3138/9781442678569
  • Cite this Item
  • Book Info
    Poems
    Book Description:

    The final two volumes in the CWE contain an edition and translation of Erasmus's poetry. For Erasmus scholars this work affords the first opportunity to evaluate and analyse Erasmus' poems in English. And for those interested in Renaissance and Reformation poetry in general, these offer an intriguing look at the work of one of the towering figures of the period writing in a genre that was, for him, unusual.

    The annotations include a path-breaking commentary piece by Harry Vredeveld on Erasmus' most famous poem, `Poem on the Trouble of Old Age.' Another important feature is the appearance of the original Latin of each poem alongside the English translation.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7856-9
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

Export Selected Citations Export to NoodleTools Export to RefWorks Export to EasyBib Export a RIS file (For EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, Zotero, Mendeley...) Export a Text file (For BibTex)
  1. VOLUME 85

    • Front Matter
      (pp. i-vi)
    • Table of Contents
      (pp. vii-viii)
    • Illustrations
      (pp. ix-x)
    • Acknowledgments
      (pp. xi-xii)
      CHM and HV
    • Introduction
      (pp. xiii-lx)
      Harry Vredeveld

      ′From boyhood,′ Erasmus told Cornelis Gerard in 1489, ′I have loved literature, and still love it, so much that it seems to me rightly to be preferred even to all the treasures of Arabia, and I would not give it up in exchange for Croesus′ entire fortune, however great.′¹ And in his famous ′Poem on the troubles of old age,′ composed in August 1506, he recalled how already ′as a beardless youth′ he had been ′passionately devoted to reading and writing′ and ′madly in love with the figures of the rhetoricians and the beguiling fictions of mellifluous poetry′ (2.90-3). As...

    • POEMS

      • POEMS IN EPIGRAMMATA DES. ERASMI ROTERODAMI (Basel: Johann Froben, March 1518)
        (pp. 2-135)

        Accepimus iam pridem, Erasmi Roterodami compatris nostri epigrammata a studiosis summopere flagitari. Proinde dedimus operam, ut quicquid illius versiculorum aut apud Beatum nostrum Rhenanum esset aut Brunonem Amorbacchium, id omne uno complexi libello typis nostris excuderemus. Quanquam intelligebamus, plurimum nos hac re studiosis, Erasmo vero minimum gratificaturos. Nam magnam horum epigrammatum partem non in hoc scripsit ut aederentur, sed ut amiculis suis (ut est minime morosus) obsequeretur. Quin ipsi vidimus, cum abhinc sesquiannum apud nos ageret, evangelica et apostolica monumenta partim Latine vertens, partim recognoscens, et doctissimas illas in Novum instrumentum annotationes nec non in divum Hieronymum scholia scriberet -...

      • POEMS NOT IN THE EPIGRAMMATA OF 1518 BUT PUBLISHED ELSEWHERE BY ERASMUS
        (pp. 136-179)

        Mors, gnata invidiae sed matre nocentior ipsa,

        Taelo eodem cupiens plurima damna dare,

        Sustulit eximium generosa ex arbore ramum:

        Berghanae Henricum spemque decusque domus.

        Sic varies luctus de funere suscitat uno,

        Dum flet patronum patria moesta pium,

        Pastoremque bonum dum grex desiderat orbus,

        Dum consultorem principis aula gravem,

        Dum Moecaenatem paupertas docta benignum

        Turbaque subsidium plorat egena suum,

        Denique dum pullata suae dispendia stirpis

        Bergica gens iustis prosequitur lachrymis.

        Tu quoque iam toties, praesul Bertinice, fratrem

        Luges, heu tanto tercius ex numero.

        Iusta doles, verum et iusto modus esto dolori;

        Gaude habuisse quod haut semper habere licet.

        Non periit, verum...

      • POEMS PUBLISHED DURING ERASMUS′ LIFETIME WITHOUT HIS CONSENT
        (pp. 180-225)

        Habes, candide lector, primam feturam Herasmi Roterodami, viri undecunque doctissimi. Quum Steynico rure canonicum regularem ageret, has ingenii sui primitias admodum adolescens (nondum annum agebat vigesimum) felicissimo auspicatu delibavit atque prelusit, eximiam animi indolem, precoci suffragante ingenio, palestrae poetices desudatione et instruens et exprimens. Indidem Guielmus noster Goudanus ut alter Theseus cum Herasmo suo in Steynico rure (ubi professione canonici erant regulares) annis ferme decem convixit haud minore animorum observantia atque studiorum similitudine. Profecto felix Steynicum illud rus religione et doctrina conspicuum, quod hos educavit alumnos de litteraria republica optime meritos quosque omnis est admiratura posteritas. Utroque dicendi genere (quod...

      • POEMS PUBLISHED AFTER ERASMUS′ DEATH
        (pp. 226-349)

        Ethere quot placidis rutilant sub noctibus ignes

        Siderei, guttas quot capit unda freti,

        Quot flavae segetes Cereris, quot pocula Bacchi

        Et quot verna virens gramina campus habet,

        Tantas et plures, vates divine, salutes

        Exoptat vitae nostra Camena tuae.

        Fama loquax, populos late diffusa per omnes,

        Ignarum quemquam non sinit esse tui.

        Qui licet usque loco maneas immotus eodem,

        Hac tamen immenso notus in orbe volas.

        Hec facit ut nil te dubitem me noscere, quamquam

        Non unquam facies sit tua visa mihi.

        Illa meas quoniam delapsa est nuper ad aures

        Laudis et ingenii nuncia multa tui,

        Insigni virtute virum Musis et...

      • POEMS EMBEDDED IN ERASMUS′ PROSE WORKS (EXCLUDING TRANSLATIONS)
        (pp. 350-363)

        BarbariesSwollenses tales quod eorum Theutonicales

        Nomen per partes ubicunque probantur et artes

        Et quasi per mundum totum sunt nota rotundum,

        Swollensique solo proferre Latinica solo

        Discunt clericuli nimium bene verba novelli.

        En ii versiculi in poematibus quam sim diserta declarant.

        ThaliaHa ha hae. Tot barbarismos numero, quot voces. Patria certe haec vox est: Chironis videlicet. Hui, quam digesta poemata! Non differam iis laudes referre suas:

        Tale sonant insulsa mihi tua carmina, vates,

        Quale sonat sylvis vox irrudentis onagri,

        Quale boat torvus pecora inter agrestia taurus,

        Qualeque testiculis gallus genitalibus orbus

        Concinit; haud vocem humanam, sed dico ferinam.

        Barbarism...

      • POEMS DUBIOUSLY ASCRIBED TO ERASMUS
        (pp. 364-376)

        Iussisti causae sim providus arbiter huius:

        Pondera iudicii gratanter suscipe nostri.

        Collaudo veterum legisse poemata vatum

        Et deridentes acri configere metro.

        Ecce per altiloquas currunt Proverbia Musas,

        Versibus alludunt Sapiens, lob, Cantica sponsae,

        Concrepat et metricis David sua carmina plectris.

        Sed quaedam vicia tibi dico iure cavenda.

        Prospice ne maculet damnanda superbia mentem,

        Neve pios spernas qui nondum carmina norunt,

        Attamen baud vates temnunt, sed amant venerantes.

        Si stilus ipse placet, placet et sententia vernans,

        In quibus Aoniae renitent (me iudice) Musae,

        Non reprobo studium, veniam concede legenti.

        You have required that I should be the prudent

        arbitrator in this...

    • Index of First Lines
      (pp. 378-381)
    • A List of the Poems in Chronological Order
      (pp. 382-385)
    • Index of Metres
      (pp. 386-387)
    • Index of Medieval and Neo-Latin Words
      (pp. 388-389)
    • Tables of Corresponding Numbers
      (pp. 390-394)
  2. VOLUME 86

    • Middle Matter
      (pp. i-viii)
    • Illustrations
      (pp. ix-x)
    • POEMS

    • WORKS FREQUENTLY CITED
      (pp. 736-740)
    • SHORT-TITLE FORMS FOR ERASMUS′ WORKS
      (pp. 741-744)
    • Index of Biblical and Apocryphal References
      (pp. 745-748)
    • Index of Classical References
      (pp. 749-765)
    • Index of Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance References
      (pp. 766-780)
    • General Index
      (pp. 781-835)