The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus


Si quicquam tacito conmissumst fido ab amico,

Cuius sit penitus nota fides animi,

Meque esse invenies illorum iure sacratum,

Corneli, et factum me esse puta Harpocratem.


To Cornelius.

If by confiding friend aught e’er be trusted in silence,

Unto a man whose mind known is for worthiest trust,

Me shalt thou find no less than such to secrecy oathbound,

(Cornelius!) and now hold me an Harpocrates.

If aught be committed to secret faith from a friend to one whose inner faith of soul is known, thou wilt find me to be of that sacred faith, O Cornelius, and may’st deem me become an Harpocrates.

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