The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus

lxxviiii.

Lesbius est pulcher: quid ni? quem Lesbia malit

Quam te cum tota gente, Catulle, tua.

Sed tamen hic pulcher vendat cum gente Catullum,

Si tria notorum savia reppererit.

lxxviiii.

Of Lesbius.

Lesbius is beauty-man: why not? when Lesbia wills him

Better, Catullus, than thee backed by the whole of thy clan.

Yet may that beauty-man sell all his clan with Catullus,

An of three noted names greeting salute he can gain.

Lesbius is handsome: why not so? when Lesbia prefers him to thee, Catullus, and to thy whole tribe. Yet this handsome one may sell Catullus and his tribe if from three men of note he can gain kisses of salute.

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