Sed mihi vel tellus optem prius ima dehiscat Vel pater omnipotens adigat me fulmine ad umbras, Pallentis umbras Erebo noctemque profundam.
But oh! may Earth her dreadful gulph display,
And gaping snatch me from the golden day;
May I be hurl'd, by Heav'n's almighty fire,
Transfix'd with thunder, and involv'd in fire,
Down to the shades of Hell, from realms of light,
The deep, deep shades of everlasting night.
Lines 24–26 (translated by Christopher Pitt).