Interlinear Readings of The Bridge (5)

I. Ave Maria (Epigraph)

Venient annis, saecula seris,
From Seneca's Medea, ll. 374ff.

Quibus Oceanus vincula rerum
In the following pages does Crane also want to laxet vincula rerum (loosens ties of things)? Oceanus is a "titan god of the outer sea encircling the earth." (AHD)

Laxet et ingens pateat tellus

Tiphysque novos detegat orbes
Standard Seneca text reads not Tiphysque, but Tithysque. Tethys is consort of Oceanus, while Tiphys is "the pilot of the Argonauts' quest for the golden fleece" (Ellman & O'Clair, eds., The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, second ed., 1988, p. 614). If Tiphys is intended here, the context would be completely different, but it might be suitable for Crane's lines that follow.

Nec sit terris ultima Thule.

This is an interlinear reading of Hart Crane's The Bridge by Eiichi Hishikawa. Copyright (c) 1996 Eiichi Hishikawa.
The source of Crane texts is The Bridge (NY: Liveright, 1970). Copyright (c) 1933, 1958, 1970 Liveright Publishing Corporation.

Last updated: 31 October, 1996
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