Hadrian’s Deathbed Poem, Hist. Aug. 25.9f: animula, vagula, blandula

by Tom Gardner

et moriens quidem hos versus fecisse dicitur:

Animula vagula blandula
Hospes comesque corporis
Quae nunc abibis in loca
Pallidula rigida nudula,
Nec, ut soles, dabis iocos.

My little soul, my wandering charm,
My body’s guest and friend:
Wherever are you off to now?
A bleak and naked end.
And I’ll not have those wonted jokes
You always used to lend.