At iuvenis vicisse dolo ratus avolat ipse
( haud mora ) , conversisque fugax aufertur habenis
quadripedemque citum ferrata calce fatigat .
" Vane Ligus frustraque animis elate superbis ,
nequiquam patrias temptasti lubricus artes ,
nec fraus te incolumem fallaci perferet Auno . "
Haec fatur virgo , et pernicibus ignea plantis
transit equum cursu frenisque adversa prehensis
congreditur poenasque inimico ex sanguine sumit :
quam facile accipiter saxo sacer ales ab alto
consequitur pennis sublimem in numbe columbam
comprensamque tenet pedibusque eviscerat uncis ;
tum cruor et vulsae labuntur ab aethere plumae .
But the youth , sure he had won by guile , sped off
( instantly ) , flicking his reins , took to flight ,
pricking his horse to a gallop with spurs of steel .
The girl shouted : ‘Stupid Ligurian , uselessly vaunting
your boastful spirit , you’ve tried your slippery native wiles
in vain , and cunning won’t carry you back to Aunus unharmed . ’
And like lightening she intercepted the horse’s path , on swift feet ,
and seizing the reins from in front tackled him , and took vengeance
On the blood she hated : as light as a falcon , Apollo’s sacred bird ,
swooping from a tall rock , overtaking a dove in flight in the high cloud ,
holding her in its talons , and tearing her heart out with its curved talons :
while blood and torn feathers shower from the sky .
But youth , himself thinks he had won by a trick ran himself away
( no delay ) , the fleeing one flying swiftly grabbing his reins
Completely fatigued horse worn down from the iron spurs .
" Empty and frustrated Ligurians proud spirit ,
In vain you tried your slippery skills
Nor fraud you deceitful carry back unharmed Auno . "
Speak on this maiden , and cunning persistence
Cuts off horses path and seizes the reins away from enemy
And she takes revenge with blood of her enemy :
Which the hawk following the feather of the pigeon catches hold of its foot with its hooks and easily feeds
While blood and feathers tear out and fall from the air