The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus

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Quinti, si tibi vis oculos debere Catullum

Aut aliud siquid carius est oculis,

Eripere ei noli, multo quod carius illi

Est oculis seu quid carius est oculis.

lxxxii.

To Quintius.

Quintius! an thou wish that Catullus should owe thee his eyes

Or aught further if aught dearer can be than his eyes,

Thou wilt not ravish from him what deems he dearer and nearer

E’en than his eyes if aught dearer there be than his eyes.

Quintius, if thou dost wish Catullus to owe his eyes to thee, or aught, if such may be, dearer than his eyes, be unwilling to snatch from him what is much dearer to him than his eyes, or than aught which itself may be dearer to him than his eyes.

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