Gaius Valerius Catullus

(84-54 BC / Verona, Gaul)

Let’s Live and Love: to Lesbia


Let us live, my Lesbia, let us love,
and all the words of the old, and so moral,
may they be worth less than nothing to us!
Suns may set, and suns may rise again:
but when our brief light has set,
night is one long everlasting sleep.
Give me a thousand kisses, a hundred more,
another thousand, and another hundred,
and, when we’ve counted up the many thousands,
confuse them so as not to know them all,
so that no enemy may cast an evil eye,
by knowing that there were so many kisses.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Rookie Giulia Farinelli (3/29/2006 9:48:00 AM)

    V. ad Lesbiam

    VIVAMUS mea Lesbia, atque amemus,
    rumoresque senum seueriorum
    omnes unius aestimemus assis!
    soles occidere et redire possunt:
    nobis cum semel occidit breuis lux,
    nox est perpetua una dormienda.
    da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
    dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,
    deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
    dein, cum milia multa fecerimus,
    conturbabimus illa, ne sciamus,
    aut ne quis malus inuidere possit,
    cum tantum sciat esse basiorum. (Report) Reply

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