The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus


Disertissime Romuli nepotum,

Quot sunt quotque fuere, Marce Tulli,

Quotque post aliis erunt in annis,

Gratias tibi maximas Catullus

Agit pessimus omnium poeta, 5

Tanto pessimus omnium poeta

Quanto tu optimus omnium patronus.


To Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Most eloquent ‘mid race of Romulus

That is or ever was (Marc Tullius!)

Or in the coming years the light shall see,

His thanks, the warmest, offers unto thee

Catullus, poet sorriest that be, 5

And by such measure poet sorriest,

As thou of pleaders art the bestest best.

Most eloquent of Romulus’ descendancy, who are, who have been, O Marcus Tullius, and who shall later be in after time, to thee doth give his greatest gratitude Catullus, pettiest of all the poets — and so much pettiest of all the poets as thou art peerless ‘mongst all pleaders.

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