Animula

Animula, vagula, blandula,
Hospes, comesque, corporis;
Quæ nunc abibis in loca,
Pallidula, rigida, nudula?
The Emperor Hadrian to his Soul
Sorry-lived, blithe-little, fluttering Sprite
Comrade and guest in this body of clay,
Whither, ah! whither, departing in flight,
Rigid, half-naked, pale minion, away?

E.C.B.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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