[Editor: This is a chapter from The Eureka Stockade by Raffaello Carboni. A glossary has been provided to explain various words and phrases that may be unfamiliar to modern readers. Carboni combined two chapters, XCII & XCIII (92 and 93), into one. He indicated an intention to publish the two chapters in full at some later time; however, the publication of those chapters never eventuated.]
XCII. & XCIII.
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Mackay v. Harrison.
Merci bien, je sors d’en prendre.
The pair of chapters will see darkness SINE DIE; that is, if under another flag, also in another language.
Hesperia! Quando Ego te Auspiciam? Quandoque Licebit Nunc Veterum Libris, Nunc Somno Et Inertibus Horis, Ducere Solicitae Licunda Oblivia Vitae.
Raffaello Carboni. The Eureka Stockade: The Consequence of Some Pirates Wanting on Quarter-Deck a Rebellion, Public Library of South Australia, Adelaide, 1962 [facsimile of the 1855 edition], page 118
Hesperia = an ancient name for Italy; Hesperia, meaning “Western”, was a name given to it by the Greeks, referring to Italy being a land to the West of Greece
Hesperia! quando ego te auspiciam? quandoque licebit nunc veterum libris, nunc somno et inertibus horis, ducere solicitae licunda oblivia vitae. = (Latin) “Italy! when shall I see you! And when will it be granted [that] now by aged books, now by sleep and idle hours to pursue happy forgetfulness of a life of obligation” (or “Italy! when will I see you? And when will it be permitted, sometimes with the texts of the ancients, sometimes with sleep and quiet hours, for me to find sweet oblivion from life’s troubles”); from “Satires”, Book 2 (section 2.6, lines 60-63), by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus, 65 BC – 8 BC); however, Carboni begins his sentence with “Hesperia!”, which in this context is a reference to Italy (in this sentence, Carboni is expressing a desire to return to his homeland), whilst, in the original text, Horace begins the sentence with “O rus” (usually translated as “O countryside”, but it has also been rendered as “Oh rustic home”): “o rus, quando ego te adspiciam quandoque licebit nunc veterum libris, nunc somno et inertibus horisducere sollicitae iucunda oblivia vitae?”
*merci bien, je sors d’en prendre = (French) “thank you very much, I’m going to take” (*rough translation)
sine die = (Latin) “without day”; in legal terms “sine die” means “without a day being fixed”; in this instance, on another day
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