The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus

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Caelius Aufilenum et Quintius Aufilenam

Flos Veronensum depereunt iuvenum,

Hic fratrem, ille sororem. hoc est, quod dicitur, illud

Fraternum vere dulce sodalitium.

Cui faveam potius? Caeli, tibi: nam tua nobis 5

Per facta exhibitast unica amicitia,

Cum vesana meas torreret flamma medullas.

Sis felix, Caeli, sis in amore potens.

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On Cælius and Quintius.

Cælius Aufilénus and Quintius Aufiléna,

Love to the death, both swains bloom of the youth Veronese,

This woo’d brother and that sue’d sister: so might the matter

Claim to be titled wi’ sooth fairest fraternalest tie.

Whom shall I favour the first? Thee (Cælius!) for thou hast provèd 5

Singular friendship to us shown by the deeds it has done,

Whenas the flames insane had madded me, firing my marrow:

Cælius! happy be thou; ever be lusty in love.

Caelius, Aufilenus; and Quintius, Aufilena; — flower of the Veronese youth — love desperately: this, the brother; that, the sister. This is, as one would say, true brotherhood and sweet friendship. To whom shall I incline the more? Caelius, to thee; for thy single devotion to us was shewn by its deeds, when the raging flame scorched my marrow. Be happy, O Caelius, be potent in love.

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