Rapidus montano flumine torrens Sternit agros, sternit sata laeta boumque labores Praecipitisque trahit silvas.
Deluges, descending on the plains,
Sweep o'er the yellow year, destroy the pains
Of lab'ring oxen, and the peasant's gains;
Unroot the forest oaks, and bear away
Flocks, folds, and trees, an undistinguish'd prey.
Lines 305–307 (translated by John Dryden).