Virgil, Georgics 2.458
Following on from yesterday’s less than fortunate farmer, here is Virgil’s hyperbolic assessment of the unrecognised benefits of living in the country.
o fortunatos nimium, sua si bona norint, agricolas!
Oh, how excessively happy farmers would be, if only they were aware of their good fortune!
This line is mentioned in a letter which I serendipitously discovered in the Gentleman’s Journal and Historical Chronicle, on Dr Johnson’s objections to ‘the particle O used at the beginning of a sentence’. A quick Google also leads us to this page which records the inscription of this line on a rustic gate-post!