The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus

lxxiii.

Desine de quoquam quicquam bene velle mereri

Aut aliquem fieri posse putare pium.

Omnia sunt ingrata, nihil fecisse benigne

Prodest, immo etiam taedet obestque magis

Vt mihi, quem nemo gravius nec acerbius urget, 5

Quam modo qui me unum atque unicum amicum habuit.

lxxiii.

Of an Ingrate.

Cease thou of any to hope desirèd boon of well-willing,

Or deem any shall prove pious and true to his dues.

Waxes the world ingrate, no deed benevolent profits,

Nay full oft it irks even offending the more:

Such is my case whom none maltreats more grievously bitter, 5

Than does the man that me held one and only to friend.

Cease thou to wish to merit well from anyone in aught, or to think any can become honourable. All are ingrate, naught benign doth avail to aught, but rather it doth irk and prove the greater ill: so with me, whom none doth o’erpress more heavily nor more bitterly than he who a little while ago held me his one and only friend.

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