Forthwith rumour runs through libya's great cities-
Rumour of all evils the most swift.
Speed lends her strength, and she wins vigour as she goes;
Small at first through fear, soon she mounts up to heaven,
And walks the ground with head hidden in the clouds.
Extemplo libyae, magnas it fama per urbes,
Fama, malum qua non, aliud velocius ullum.
Mobilitate viget virisque adquirit eundo;
Parva metu primo, mox sese attollit in auras.
Ingrediturque solo et caput inter nubila condit.