Ibi omnis effusus labor — "Poured out was all his labour". The quotation from Virgil's Georgics Book IV appears at the point where Orpheus has brought Euridice from Hades but has looked back: "Ibi omnis effusus laabor atque immitis rupta tyranni foedera, terque fragor stagnis auditus Avernis" —
"But even with the look,
Poured out was all his labour, broken the bond
Of that fell tyrant, and a crash was heard."
Euridice returned to Hades and Orpheus was left alone.
Last modified 22 January 2002