The Poem against the Pagans
Dicite, qui colitis lucos antrumque Sibyllae Idaeumque nemus, Capitolia celsa Tonantis, Palladium, Priamique Lares Vestaeque sacellum incestosque deos, nuptam cum fratre sororem, inmitem puerum, Veneris monumenta nefandae,5
purpureă quos sola facit praetexta sacratos, quis numquam verum Phoebi cortina locuta est, Etruscus ludit semper quos vanus haruspex. Iuppiter hic vester, Ledae superatus amore, fingeret ut cycnum, voluit canescere pluma.10
perditus ad Danaen flueret subito aureus imber, per freta Parthenopes taurus mugiret adulter. haec si monstra placent nullă sacrata pudica, pellitur arma Iovis fugiens regnator Olympi: et quisquam supplex veneratur templa tyranni, cum patrem videat nato cogente fugatum?
postremum, regitur fato si Iuppiter ipse, quid prodest miseris perituras fundere voces? plangitur in templis iuvenis formonsus Adonis: nuda Venus deflet, gaudet Mavortius heros.20
Iuppiter in medium nescit finire querellas, iurgantesque deos stimulat Bellona flagello. Convenit his ducibus, proceres, sperare salutem? sacratis vestris liceat conponere lites? dicite: praefectus vester quid profuit urbi, quem Iovis ad solium raptum iactatis abisse, cum poena scelerum tracta vix morte rependat?25
mensibus iste tribus totam qui concitus urbem lustravit, metas tandem pervenit ad aevi! quae fuit haec rabies animi? quae insania mentis? †sedovt† vestram posset turbare quietem? quis tibi iustitium incussit, pulcherrima Roma? ad saga confugeret populus, quae non habet olim?30


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