"Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt"
Scenes from the Trojan War, Antalya Archaeological Museum, 2 AD
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeScenes from the Trojan War, Antalya Archaeological Museum, 2 AD - Credit: Wofgang Sauber
This was translated from the Latin by Robert Fagles as: The world is a world of tears, and the burdens of mortality touch the heart.

The line David is certain Byron will say, as he sets off for his death in Greece, is a quote from the poem The Aeneid, by Virgil. The words are spoken by the protaganist, Aeneas, as he looks at a mural at Carthage depicting the suffering of the Trojan Wars.

The words are a poignant reminder of the sorrow and futility of war.