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ODES AND LETTERS

PRESENTED

BY THE LITERATI OF ICELAND

TO THE

RIGHT HONORABLE

SIR JOSEPH BANKS

AND THE

HONORABLE CAPTAIN JONES.

Appendix. D.
ODES AND LETTERS.

THE ORIGINALS OF THE ODES WERE WRITTEN BOTH IN LATIN AND ICELANDIC; THE LATTER, HOWEVER, I HAVE NOT THOUGHT IT NECESSARY TO INSERT, EXCEPT IN THE INSTANCE OF THAT TO CAPTAIN JONES, WHICH IS GIVEN AS A SPECIMEN OF THE LANGUAGE OF THE COUNTRY.

Nos. 1,2, and 3 are Addresses to Sir Joseph Banks from Biarne Jones-on, 1 and No. 4 a Letter from Theodore Joneson. , <

No. 5 is a congratulatory Address from Magnus Finnussk
to Captain Jones.

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II.

Inclytus Banks,
Inclytus Solander,
Cum pulchro
Comitatu. Nunquam antea cumu-

lata sum
Prioribus seculis
Tanto honore
Ab Anglica gente.

III. Juvenis prius eram,
Nemo favebat
Elegans vir
Annulatae Virgini;
Sola steti
Longo tempore,
Donee Vulcanus
Me exornavit *.

IV.

Hlnc Nomen meum Jam per terrarum orbem

Valde inclaruit
Apud honestas nationes,
Multi desiderant
Antiquam grandaevam
Oculis usurpare
Et ulnis complecti.

V.

Me cum viri elegantes
Convenerunt,
Amorem exhibui
Juvenibus Dominis.
Perreptavit me
Flamma amoris.
Nullum denegavi
Viris honorem.

VI. Monstravi illis
Rubra Cimelia,
Pluresque alias,
Quas habui,
Eximias opes,
Quas olim nacta sum

* Primam Heklae eruptionem quidam Annates ponunt ad annum 1004; alii aliter; si autem quot vicious talia in monte hoc contigerint incendia scire desideras, vicies ter id factum esse creditur. Ab hoc tempore nobilitari imprimis caepit, antea minus Celebris.

Ex Vulcani
Admiranda fabrica.

VII.
Me sapientes
Manibus contrectarunt
Antiquam Virginem,
Dederunt et oscula.
Bene sit
Alacribus viris,
Qui me inviserunt
Ex australibus oris!

VIII. Resideo jam Tristi fronte Vidua desolata. Saepe Lachrymas fundo, Postquam mei Insignes amici Reliquerunt me Fortuna orbatam.

IX.

Longum dolorem
Corde premo.

Neminem habeo
Cui aperiam.
Si vero vocem sopitam
Altius extulerim,
Res mira videbitur
Et immanis strepitus*.

X. Vale Banks!
Vale Solander!
Valete omnes
Alacres viri!
Nolite oblivisci
Annosae virginis
Reduces
In Angliam.

Xt.

Largior ventos secundos;
Largior fortunam;
Largior nomen

(celebre);
Largior splendorem.
Sedete hilares
Ad compotationes-f-!

* Alluditur hie ad horrendos et altisonos Hekls strepitus in eruptionibus.

f Guma Minni (verba archetypi Islandici) proprie denotat memoriales scyphos, clarorum virorum in eompotationibus

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