The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus


Risi nescioquem modo e corona,

Qui, cum mirifice Vatiniana

Meus crimina Calvos explicasset,

Admirans ait haec manusque tollens,

‘Di magni, salaputium disertum!’ 5


A Jest Concerning Calvus.

I laughed at one ‘mid Forum-crowd unknown

Who, when Vatinius’ crimes in wondrous way

Had by my Calvus been explained, exposed,

His hand upraising high admiring cried

“Great Gods! the loquent little Doodle-diddle!” 5

I laughed at I know not whom in the crowded court who, when with admirable art Vatinius’ crimes my Calvus had set forth, with hands uplifted and admiring mien thus quoth “Great Gods, the fluent little Larydoodle!”

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