The motto of the Harvard Glee Club is "cantantes licet usque eamus." This appears to be an approximate quote from Virgil's Eclogue 9, lines 63-64:
I want to make sure I understand the syntax of the second line. Now that I know more Latin I am guessing it is unusual in order to fit the meter, but want to make sure I am not making unwarranted assumpion.
The explanation of the quote I recall is something like: "It is fitting that we go forth singing, for it makes the road less weary." Now that I understand more Latin, the phrase seems to mean something slightly different. I understand the two lines to mean: "Or if we fear lest the rain hinder us beforehand, it is fitting that we go singing as far as we may go. It makes the road less wearying." Is this correct?
Could someone explain the syntax of the second line? What, if anything, does "licet" govern? Is "minus via laedit" an independent sentence from everything else? I see that the editors used the striking device of putting this phrase in parentheses, presumably because it is odd to separate "usque" from the verb it governs. Is this assumption correct?
Is the sentence intended to mean the same as: "Licet ut cantemus usque eamus. Minus via laedit?
I don't need answers to each specific question, but just wanted to explain fully what I find doubtful about the syntax.