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Heartbreaking things I saw with my own eyes
And was myself a part of.
[Quaeque ipse miserrima vidi
et quorum pars magna fui.]
The Aeneid [Ænē̆is], Book 2, l. 5ff (2.5-6) [Aeneas] (29-19 BC) [tr. Fitzgerald (1981)]
Recounting the fall of Troy. (Source (Latin)). Alternate translations:
All that I saw, and part of which I was.
[tr. Dryden (1697)]
The woes I saw with these sad eyne,
The deeds whereof large part was mine
[tr. Conington (1866)]
The afflicting scenes that I myself
Beheld, and a great part of which I was.
[tr. Cranch (1872)]
I myself saw these things in all their horror, and I bore great part in them.
[tr. Mackail (1885)]
Which thing myself unhappy did behold,
Yea, and was no small part thereof
[tr. Morris (1900)]
The woes I saw, thrice piteous to behold,
And largely shared.
[tr. Taylor (1907), st. 1, ll. 6-7]
Which woeful scene I saw,
and bore great part in each event I tell.
[tr. Williams (1910)]
The sights most piteous that I myself saw and whereof I was no small part.
[tr. Fairclough (1916)]
Sorrowful things I saw myself, wherein
I had my share and more.
[tr. Humphries (1951)]
Most piteous events I saw with my own eyes
And played no minor part in.
[tr. Day Lewis (1952)]
I saw these terrible things,
and took great part in them.
[tr. Mantinband (1964)]
For I myself
saw these sad things; I took large part in them.
[tr. Mandelbaum (1971)]
And all the horrors I have seen, and in which I played a large part.
[tr. West (1990)]
I saw these horrors myself
And played no small part in them.
[tr. Lombardo (2005)]
What horrors I saw,
a tragedy where I played a leading role myself.
[tr. Fagles (2006)]
I saw the piteous events myself -- I played no minor part.
[tr. Bartsch (2021)]
All of which misery I saw,
and a great part of which I was.
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