2 Ergo iter inceptum peragunt fluvioque propinquant. Therefore they continue their journey begun and approach the stream.385Navita quos iam inde ut Stygia prospexit ab undaAs the ferryman looked at whom(them) now from the Stygian wave (and saw them)per tacitum nemus ire pedemque advertere ripae,going through the quiet grove and turning a foot to the bank,sic prior adgreditur dictis, atque increpat ultro: (the ferryman) first addresses them with words, and further chides them:
3 “Quisquis es, armatus qui nostra ad flumina tendis, Whoever you are, who, armed, stretch/head toward our banks,fare age,quid venias,iam istinc, et comprime gressum.Come (on,) say why you come, and hold (your) step now from there (where you stand).390 Umbrarum hic locus est,somni noctisque soporae;This is the place of shades, of sleep and of night made gloomy;corpora viva nefas Stygia vectare carina.It is not right (lit. unspeakable) to carry living bodies in the Stygian boat.
4 Nec vero Alciden me sum laetatus euntem And in truth/indeed I did not rejoice that I had received the descendant of Alceus (Hercules) as he was going,accepisse lacu, nec Thesea Pirithoumque,On my/the lake, not Theseus and Pirithous,dis quamquam geniti atque invicti viribus essent.Although they were born from gods and undefeated in strength.He is referencing two instances in mythology where heros descended to the underworld; Hercules did to achieve one of his labors or another, and the doofus Theseus and his doofus buddy Pirithous went down there to try and steal brides for themselves…idiots.
5 395Tartareum ille manu custodem in vincla petivit, That one (Herc.) sought (to put) the Tararean guard (Cerberus) in chains,ipsius a solio regis, traxitque trementem;And from the throne of the king himself dragged (the dog) trembling.hi dominam Ditis thalamo deducere adorti.”These (Th. & P.) tried to abduct the wife of Dis (Pluto) from her chamber (bedroom).”Quae contra breviter fata est Amphrysia vates:Which things (i.e. these things) the Amphrysian prophetess spoke briefly in reply/return:“Nullae hic insidiae tales; absiste moveri;No such plots (are) here; cease to be moved;
6 400 nec vim tela ferunt; licet ingens ianitor antro Nor do the weapons bring force; it is permitted that the huge doorkeeper in his caveaeternum latrans exsanguis terreat umbras,Barking eternally terrifies the bloodless shades,casta licet patrui servet Proserpina limen.It is permitted that chaste Proserpina preserve the threshold of her uncle.Troius Aeneas, pietate insignis et armis,Trojan Aeneas, distinguished in/outstanding because of his sense of duty & weapons,ad genitorem imas Erebi descendit ad umbras.descends to the deep shades of Erebus to (see) his father.
7 405 Si te nulla movet tantae pietatis imago, If no image of such great sense of devotion moves you,at ramum hunc”(aperit ramum, qui veste latebat)But/nevertheless this bough (she reveals the bough, which was hidden in her cloak)“adgnoscas.” Tumida ex ira tum corda residunt. You recognize.” Then his heart(s) swollen from anger settle(s) down.
8 Nec plura his. Ille admirans venerabile donum And(they don’t say)more things than these. That 1 marveling at the awe-inspiring giftfatalis virgae, longo post tempore visum,of the fateful twig, seen after a long time,410caeruleam advertit puppim,ripaeque propinquat.turns his dark blue boat, and approaches the bank.
9 Inde alias animas, quae per iuga longa sedebant, Thereupon the other souls, which/who were sitting along the long ridges,deturbat, laxatque foros; simul accipit alveohe dislodges, and releases/clears the gangways; immediately he receives in the hullingentem Aenean. Gemuit sub pondere cumbahuge Aeneas. The sewn-together skiff groans under/beneath the weightsutilis, et multam accepit rimosa paludem. and full of leaks, took on/receives much swamp (water).
10 Cerberus haec ingens latratu regna trifauci 415 Tandem trans fluvium incolumis vatemque virumqueFinally across the stream both the prophetess and the man unharmedinformi limo glaucaque exponit in ulva.in the shapeless mire and (in) the grayish green marsh he disembarks/unloads.Cerberus haec ingens latratu regna trifauciHuge Cerberus makes these kingdoms/realms resound with three-throated barking,personat, adverso recubans immanis in antro.lying, massive/huge in the facing cave.
11 Cui vates, horrere videns iam colla colubris, To whom the prophetess, seeing that now his neck bristles with serpents,420 melle soporatam et medicatis frugibus offama cake made drowsy with honey and drugged fruitsobicit. Ille fame rabida tria guttura pandensshe presents. That one laying open his three throats because of ravenous hungercorripit obiectam, atque immania terga resolvitSnatches the offered (cake), and relaxes/loosens his huge backsfussus humi, totoque ingens extenditur antro. having been poured on the ground, and, huge, is spread out in the whole cave.
12 Occupat Aeneas aditum custode sepulto, Aeneas takes possession of the entrance, its guardian having been buried (in sleep),425 evaditque celer ripam inremeabilis undae.and quick(ly) he departs/escapes the bank of the irretraceable wave.