Lucretius, On the Nature of Things:  thirteen translations

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De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things): A Poetic Translation
1.  De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things): A Poetic Translation by Titus Lucretius Carus
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  "2008: SLAVITT

Mother of Aeneas and of his Rome, and of gods
and men the joy, dear Venus, who underneath the gliding
heavenly signals busies the seas with ships and makes
earth fruitful (for only through you are living things conceived
and because of you they rise up to bask in the  light of the sun)..."
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The Nature of Things (Penguin Classics)
2.  The Nature of Things (Penguin Classics) by Alicia Stallings
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  "2007:  STALLINGS

Life-stirring Venus, Mother of Aeneas and of Rome,
Pleasure of men and gods, you make all things beneath the dome
Of sliding constellations teem, you throng the fruited earth
And the ship-freighted sea -- for every species comes to birth
Conceived through you, and rises forth and gazes on the light."
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On the Nature of Things: De Rerum Natura (Focus Philosophical Library)
3.  On the Nature of Things: De Rerum Natura (Focus Philosophical Library) by Titus Lucretius Carus
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  "2003:  ENGLERT

Mother of the descendants of Aeneas, pleasure of humans and gods,
lifegiving Venus, it is you who beneath the gliding signs
of heaven makes the ship-bearing sea and the fruitful earth
teem with life, since through you the whole race of living creatures
is conceived, born, and gazes on the light of the sun."
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On the Nature of Things
4.  On the Nature of Things by Lucretius
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  "1969, revised 2001:  FERGUSON-SMITH

Mother of Aeneas' people, delight of human beings and the gods, Venus, power of life, it is you who beneath the sky's sliding stars inspirit the ship-bearing sea, inspirit the productive land.  To you every kind of living creature owes its conception and first glimpse of the sun's light."
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On the Nature of the Universe (Oxford World's Classics)
5.  On the Nature of the Universe (Oxford World's Classics) by Titus Lucretius Carus
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  "1997:  MELVILLE

O Mother of the Roman race, delight
Of men and gods, Venus most bountiful,
You who beneath the gliding signs of heaven
Fill with yourself the sea bedecked with ships
And earth great crop-bearer, since by your power
Creatures of every kind are brought to birth
And rising up behold the light of sun..."
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On the Nature of Things: De rerum natura
6.  On the Nature of Things: De rerum natura by Lucretius
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  "1995:  ESOLEN

Mother of Romans, delight of gods and men,
Sweet Venus, who under the wheeling signs of heaven
Rouse the ship-shouldering sea and the fruitful earth
And make them teem--for through you all that breathe
Are begotten, and rise to see the light of the sun..."
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De Rerum Natura: The Poem on Nature (Fyfield Books)
7.  De Rerum Natura: The Poem on Nature (Fyfield Books) by Lucretius
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  "1976:  SISSON

Mother of all the Romans:  moreover, everyone's pleasure,
Comfortable Venus:  everything under the stars
--The sea that carries ships as well as the earth that bears crops--
Is full of you:  every living thing is conceived
By your methods and so comes into the daylight."
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Lucretius: The Way Things Are: The Way Things Are: The De Rerum Natura of Titus Lucretius Carus
8.  Lucretius: The Way Things Are: The Way Things Are: The De Rerum Natura of Titus Lucretius Carus by Lucretius
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  "1968:  HUMPHRIES

Creatress, mother of the Roman line,
Dear Venus, joy of earth and joy of heaven,
All things that live below that heraldry
Of star and planet, whose processional
Moves ever slow and solemn over us,
All things conceived, all things that face the light
In their bright visit..."
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The Nature of Things
9.  The Nature of Things by Titus Lucretius Carus
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  "1965:  COPLEY

Mother of Romans, joy of gods and men,
Venus, life-giver, who under planet and star
visits the ship-clad sea, the grain-clothed land
always, for through you all that's born and breathes
is gotten, created, brought forth to see the sun."
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On the Nature of the Universe (Penguin Classics)
10.  On the Nature of the Universe (Penguin Classics) by R. E. Latham
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  "1951:  LATHAM

Mother of Aeneas and his race, delight of men and gods, life-giving Venus, it is your doing that under the wheeling constellations of the sky all nature teems with life, both the sea that buoys up our ships and the earth that yields our food.  Through you all living creatures are conceived and come forth to look upon the sunlight."
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Lucretius on the Nature of Things
11.  Lucretius on the Nature of Things by Cyril Bailey
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  "BAILEY

Mother of Aeneas' sons, joy of men and gods, Venus the life-giver who beneath the gliding stars of heaven fillest with life the sea that carries the ships and the land that bears the crops; for thanks to thee every tribe of living things is conceived, and comes forth to look upon the light of the sun."
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Lucretius: On the Nature of Things  (Loeb Classical Library No. 181) (Bks. 1-6)
12.  Lucretius: On the Nature of Things (Loeb Classical Library No. 181) (Bks. 1-6) by W. H. D. Rouse
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  "1924:  ROUSE; revised 1992:  FERGUSON-SMITH

Mother of Aeneas and his race, darling of men and gods, nurturing Venus, who beneath the smooth-moving heavenly signs fill with yourself the sea full-laden with ships, the earth that bears the crops, since through you every kind of living thing is conceived and rising up looks on the light of the sun..."
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T. Lucreti Cari De Rerum Natura Libri Sex
13.  T. Lucreti Cari De Rerum Natura Libri Sex by Hugh Andrew Johnstone Munro, Titus Lucretius Carus
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Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
14.  Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) by John Dryden
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T. Lucretius Carus, Of The Nature Of Things: In Six Books (1714)
15.  T. Lucretius Carus, Of The Nature Of Things: In Six Books (1714) by Lucretius
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