37. The Rescue of Hesione (primer)
Laomedon cepit magnum dolorem;
Laomedon took great grief;
sed tamen constituit parere oraculo
but however, he decided to obey to the oracle
et dixit diem sacrificio ,
and announced a day for the sacrifice ,
ut liberaret suos cives tanto periculo.
so that he might free his citizens from so great danger.
sed sive casu sive consilio deorum
But whether by chance or by the plan of the gods
Hercules attigit Troiam opportunissimo tempore;
Hercules touched at Troy at a most opportune time;
nam ipso puncto temporis quo
for at the very moment of time at which
puella deducebatur ad litus vincta catenis,
at which the girl was being led down to the shore bound in chains,
ille appulit navem .
he drove in his ship .
Hercules egressus e navi
Hercules having gone out from the ship
factus est certior
was made more certain [idiom = was informed]
de rebus quae gerebantur ;
about the things which were being done;
tum commotus ira contulit se ad regem
then aroused by anger he took himself to the king
et obtulit suum auxilium.
and offered his help.
cum rex libenter concessisset ei ,
After the king gladly had granted to him that,
ut, si posset, liberaret puellam,
that, if he were able, he might free the girl,
Hercules interfecit monstrum ;
Hercules killed the monster;
et puellam, quae iam deposuerat omnem spem salutis,
and the girl, who now had put aside all hope of safety,
reduxit incolumem ad patrem.
he brought back safe to her father.
Laomedon accepit suam filiam cum magno gaudio
Laomedon received his daughter with great joy
et rettulit meritam gratiam Herculi
and he gave deserved thanks to Hercules
pro tanto beneficio .
in return for so great a good service .