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Nelson's Monument Explained
- Latin Inscription

Upon the west side of the pedestal, is the following elegant Latin inscription:

 

HORAT. DOM. NELSON.
Quem, acerrimum prae  caeteria in militia
navali propugnatorem,
BRITANNIA
Dum vixit, studiis et honoribus,
Amissum, Luctu prosequebatur,
Quem,  triumphis in omni regione insignitum
Ob consiliorum constantiam at indomitum
fortitudinis ardorem,
ORBIS TERRARUM
Universus reformidabat.
NELSONUM illum NORFOLCIA
Suuam esse natalibus, et honesta prosapia,
Et pueritiae institutione,
Suum ingenio, moribus, animo
gloriatur.
Tanti nominis Famam
Arre et saxo perenniorem faturam, Concives Norfolciences, sumptibus
collatis Columna extructa commemorare voluerunt.
Natus MDCCLVIII
Militiam obiit MDCCLXXI
Centies fere Quinquagies pugnam cum hostibus commisit
Victor, inter multa, Aboukiriae
Aug. MDCCXCVIII.
Hafniae Apr. MDCCCI.
Trafalgariae Oct. MDCCCV.
Quod supremum tot praeclare gestorum facinus
Patriae funesta, sibi dulci et decora
Morte consecravit.

 

TRANSLATION

 

HORATIO LORD HELSON
Whom, as his bravest champion,
Britain, whilst he lived, most sedulously honoured;
And, when he fell, bewailed:
With triumphs in every clime,
Distinguished for the vigour of his designs,
Not less than the dauntless warmth of his courage,
The terror of the world.
That Nelson, by birth, lineage, and education,
By mind, by manners, and by disposition, Norfolk proudly boasts her own.
The renown of such a name, than brass or stone,
More lasting,
His Norfolk fellow-countrymen have, By this monument, erected at their joint expense,
Attempted to record.
He was born in the year 1758,
Entered the navy, 1771,
And was in nearly 150 engagements:
He gained, amongst other victories,
That of Aboukir, in August, 1798;
Of Copenhagen, in April, 1801;
Of Trafalgar, in October, 1805;
Which last of his splendid achievements,
He crowned with, his death –
An, event as distressing to his country, as it was
Honourable and welcome to himself

 


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