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date: 27 May 2024

Hadrian ad 76–138
Roman emperor from 117 

  1. Animula vagula blandula,
    Hospes comesque corporis.
    Ah! gentle, fleeting, wav'ring sprite,
    Friend and associate of this clay!
    J. W. Duff (ed.) Minor Latin Poets (1934); tr. Byron as ‘Adrian's Address to His Soul When Dying’; see Pope