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1

Divitias
wealth

Associated regularly by Tibullus with ambition and competition in love.

2

Divitias + Fulvo
Wealth + gleaming

Linguistically these words have the same root, so divitias is anticipating fulvo. Riches are eyecatching and superficially attractive.

3

Alius
someone else

Seems to be an impersonal statement , but because its in the singular he is most likely talking about a specific person, possibly himself.

4

Divitias alius fulvo sibi congerat auro
may someone else assemble wealth of gleaming gold

row of subjunctives make it seem like a prayer as well as a command.

5

Assiduus
constant toil

military overtones.
The enemy is near and continuous effort is needed.
the juxtaposition with vicino emphasises the etymological pun.

6

somnos
sleeps

plural, repetitive action, adds to the generality of the poem.

7

pulsa
blare

continues the military metaphors in careful conjunction with fugent (flees).

8

paupertas
poverty

keeps the message of the poem general

9

me mea... meus

turn the poem from generic towards Tibullus.

10

adsiduo igne
steady fire.

brings a fanciful opening down to earth.