The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus


Aufilena, viro contentam vivere solo,

Nuptarum laus e laudibus eximiis:

Sed cuivis quamvis potius succumbere par est,

Quam matrem fratres efficere ex patruo.


To the Same.

Aufiléna! to live content with only one husband,

Praise is and truest of praise ever bestowed upon wife.

Yet were it liefer to lie any wise with any for lover,

Than to be breeder of boys uncle as cousins begat.

Aufilena, to be content to live with single mate, in married dame is praise of praises most excelling: but ’tis preferable to lie beneath any lover thou mayest choose, rather than to make thyself mother to thy cousins out of thy uncle.

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