September 17th, 2010

crumpet2

CATULLUS 87

I loved her more than any woman can
say she's been loved by any other man.
The vows of love that Lesbia and I made
It was not I who broke them, or betrayed.
crumpet2

CATULLUS 107

The thing I hoped for, wanted most of all,
was something I could not expect to see
I never thought that you'd come back to me
Lesbia. I never hoped that you would fall

back into love with me. I've yearned for this.
I'll celebrate this day of your return.
No man is happier. I've had to learn
through pain to treasure this most longed-for kiss.
crumpet2

CATULLUS 71

His armpits stink; he also has the gout.
When they are making love, he is in pain
with every thrust. She has an angry pout
from smelling him. I'd have to be insane
not to enjoy this. They betrayed me. I'm
glad that they're also having a bad time.