Inachus unus abest imoque reconditus antro
fletibus auget aquas natamque miserrimus Io
luget ut amissam. Nescit, vitane fruatur,
an sit apud manes; sed quam non invenit usquam.
esse putat nusquam atque animo peiora veretur.
Inachus alone is absent, hidden deep within a cave, increasing the waters with his tears and, most miserable, lamenting his daughter Io as lost. He does not know whether she enjoys life or is among the shades; but as he has not found her anywhere, he thinks her to be nowhere, and dreads worse things in his mind.
- unus — alone
- augeo, augere — to increase
- lugeo, lugere — to mourn
- fruor, frui (deponent) — to enjoy
- manes, manium — shades
- quam (adverb) — as
- usquam/nusquam (adverbs) — anywhere/nowhere
- puto, putare — to think
- peior (comparative of malus) — worse
- vereor, vereri — to fear, dread