The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus


Lesbia mi dicit semper male nec tacet umquam

De me: Lesbia me dispeream nisi amat.

Quo signo? quia sunt + totidem mea: deprecor illam

Absidue, verum dispeream nisi amo.


On Lesbia.

Lesbia naggeth at me evermore and ne’er is she silent

Touching myself: May I die but that by Lesbia I’m loved.

What be the proof? I rail and retort like her and revile her

Carefully, yet may I die but that I love her with love.

Lesbia forever speaks ill of me nor is ever silent anent me: may I perish if Lesbia do not love me! By what sign? because I am just the same: I malign her without cease, yet may I die if I do not love her in sober truth.

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