Gaius Valerius Catullus

Driven Across Many Nations By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Driven Across Many Nations By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Driven Across Many Nations Driven across many nations, across many oceans, I am here, my brother, for this final parting, to offer at last those gifts which the dead are given and to speak in vain to your unspeaking ashes, since bitter fortune forbids you to hear me or answer, O my wretched brother,... »

True Of False By Gaius Valerius Catullus

True Of False By Gaius Valerius Catullus

True Of False NONE could ever say that she, Lesbia! was so loved by me. Never all the world around Faith so true as mind was found. If no longer it endures (Would it did!) the fault is yours. I can never think again Well of you: I try in vain. But . . . be false . . . do what you will- Lesbia! I mus... »

Let’s Live And Love To Lesbia By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Let’s Live And Love To Lesbia By Gaius Valerius Catullus

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... »

By Ways Remote And Distant Waters Sped By Gaius Valerius Catullus

By Ways Remote And Distant Waters Sped By Gaius Valerius Catullus

By Ways Remote And Distant Waters Sped By ways remote and distant waters sped, Brother, to thy sad grave-side am I come, That I may give the last gifts to the dead, And vainly parley with thine ashes dumb: Since she who now bestows and now denies Hath ta’en thee, hapless brother, from mine eye... »

The Yacht By Gaius Valerius Catullus

The Yacht By Gaius Valerius Catullus

The Yacht STRANGER, the bark you see before you says That in old times and in her early days She was a lively vessel that could make The quickest voyages, and overtake All her competitors with sail or oar; And she defies the rude Illyrian shore, And Rhodes with her proud harbor, and the seas That in... »

Lesbia’s Sparrow By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Lesbia’s Sparrow By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Lesbia’s Sparrow All you Loves and Cupids cry and all you men of feeling my girl’s sparrow is dead, my girl’s beloved sparrow. She loved him more than herself. He was sweeter than honey, and he knew her, as she knows her mother. He never flew out of her lap, but, hopping about here and there, just c... »

Back From Spain To Veranius By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Back From Spain To Veranius By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Back From Spain To Veranius Veranius, first to me of all my three hundred thousand friends, have you come home to your own house your harmonious brothers, and old mother? You’re back. O happy news for me! I’ll see you safe and sound and listen to your tales of Spanish places that you’ve done, and tr... »

Sirmio By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Sirmio By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Sirmio Sirmio, you jewel of all peninsulas and all the islands of the crystal lakes and the great oceans Neptune circles, how delightedly, how gladly, I return, hardly believing myself I’ve safely left Thynia and those Black Sea shores behind. What is better than to be free from care when the mind t... »

Lesbia Railing By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Lesbia Railing By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Lesbia Railing LESBIA forever on me rails. To talk of me, she never fails. Now, hang me, but for all her art, I find that I have gained her heart. My proof is this: I plainly see The case is just the same with me; I curse her every hour sincerely, Yet, hang me, but I love her dearly. Hits: 2 »

Ave Atque Vale By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Ave Atque Vale By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Ave Atque Vale Through many countries and over many seas I have come, Brother, to these melancholy rites, to show this final honour to the dead, and speak (to what purpose?) to your silent ashes, since now fate takes you, even you, from me. Oh, Brother, ripped away from me so cruelly, now at least t... »

The Dedication To Cornelius By Gaius Valerius Catullus

The Dedication To Cornelius By Gaius Valerius Catullus

The Dedication To Cornelius To whom do I send this fresh little book of wit, just polished off with dry pumice? To you, Cornelius: since you were accustomed to consider my trifles worth something even then, when you alone of Italians dared to explain all the ages, in three learned works, by Jupiter,... »

Ionic By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Ionic By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Ionic That we’ve broken their statues, that we’ve driven them out of their temples, doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead. O land of Ionia, they’re still in love with you, their souls still keep your memory. When an August dawn wakes over you, your atmosphere is potent w... »

Aurelius & Furius, True Comrades By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Aurelius & Furius, True Comrades By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Aurelius & Furius, True Comrades Aurelius & Furius, true comrades, whether Catullus penetrates to where in outermost India booms the eastern ocean’s wonderful thunder; whether he stops with Arabs or Hyrcani, Parthian bowmen or nomadic Sagae; or goes to Egypt, which the Nile so richly... »

What A Book! To Calvus The Poet By Gaius Valerius Catullus

What A Book! To Calvus The Poet By Gaius Valerius Catullus

What A Book! To Calvus The Poet If I didn’t love you more than my eyes, most delightful Calvus, I’d dislike you for this gift, with a true Vatinian dislike: Now what did I do and what did I say, to be so badly cursed with poets? Let the gods send ill-luck to that client who sent you so many wretches... »

Invitation To Fabullus By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Invitation To Fabullus By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Invitation To Fabullus You’ll dine well, in a few days, with me, if the gods are kind to you, my dear Fabullus, and if you bring lots of good food with you, and don’t come without a pretty girl and wine and wit and all your laughter. I say you’ll dine well, and charmingly, if you bring all that: sin... »

A Warning To Aurelius By Gaius Valerius Catullus

A Warning To Aurelius By Gaius Valerius Catullus

A Warning To Aurelius I commend myself and my love to you, Aurelius. I ask for modest indulgence, so, if you’ve ever had a desire in your mind you’ve pursued chastely and purely, keep this boy of mine modestly safe, I don’t speak to the masses – nothing to fear from those who pass to and fro in the ... »

The God Abandons Antony By Gaius Valerius Catullus

The God Abandons Antony By Gaius Valerius Catullus

The God Abandons Antony At midnight, when suddenly you hear an invisible procession going by with exquisite music, voices, don’t mourn your luck that’s failing now, work gone wrong, your plans all proving deceptive–don’t mourn them uselessly: as one long prepared, and full of... »

Home Truths For Varus’s Girl To Varus By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Home Truths For Varus’s Girl To Varus By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Home Truths For Varus’s Girl To Varus Varus drags me into his affairs out of the Forum, where I’m seen idling: to a little whore I immediately saw, not very inelegant, not unattractive, who, when we came there, met us with varied chatter, including, how might Bithynia stand now, what’s it like, and ... »

Advice To Himself By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Advice To Himself By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Advice To Himself Sad Catullus, stop playing the fool, and let what you know leads you to ruin, end. Once, bright days shone for you, when you came often drawn to the girl loved as no other will be loved by you. Then there were many pleasures with her, that you wished, and the girl not unwilling, tr... »

On The Burial Of His Brother By Gaius Valerius Catullus

On The Burial Of His Brother By Gaius Valerius Catullus

On The Burial Of His Brother BY ways remote and distant waters sped, Brother, to thy sad graveside am I come, That I may give the last gifts to the dead, And vainly parley with thine ashes dumb; Since She who now bestows and denies Hath ta’en thee, hapless brother from mine eyes. But lo! these... »

His Boat By Gaius Valerius Catullus

His Boat By Gaius Valerius Catullus

His Boat This boat you see, friends, will tell you that she was the fastest of craft, not to be challenged for speed by any vessel afloat, whether driven by sail or the labour of oars. The threatening Adriatic coast won’t deny it, nor the isles of the Cyclades, nor noble Rhodes, nor fearful Bosphoru... »

No. 51 By Gaius Valerius Catullus

No. 51 By Gaius Valerius Catullus

No. 51 To me that man seems like a god in heaven, seems–may I say it?–greater than all gods are, who sits by you & without interruption watches you, listens to your light laughter, which casts such confusion onto my senses, Lesbia, that when I gaze at you merely, all of my well-chos... »

Him Rival To The Gods I Place By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Him Rival To The Gods I Place By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Him Rival To The Gods I Place Him rival to the gods I place, Him loftier yet, if loftier be, Who, Lesbia, sits before thy face, Who listens and who looks on thee; Thee smiling soft. Yet this delight Doth all my sense consign to death; For when thou dawnest on my sight, Ah, wretched! flits my labouri... »

No. 11 By Gaius Valerius Catullus

No. 11 By Gaius Valerius Catullus

No. 11 Aurelius & Furius, true comrades, whether Catullus penetrates to where in outermost India booms the eastern ocean’s wonderful thunder; whether he stops with Arabs or Hyrcani, Parthian bowmen or nomadic Sagae; or goes to Egypt, which the Nile so richly dyes, overflowing; even if he ... »

How Many Kisses To Lesbia By Gaius Valerius Catullus

How Many Kisses To Lesbia By Gaius Valerius Catullus

How Many Kisses To Lesbia Lesbia, you ask how many kisses of yours would be enough and more to satisfy me. As many as the grains of Libyan sand that lie between hot Jupiter’s oracle, at Ammon, in resin-producing Cyrene, and old Battiades sacred tomb: or as many as the stars, when night is still, gaz... »

My Sweetest Lesbia By Gaius Valerius Catullus

My Sweetest Lesbia By Gaius Valerius Catullus

My Sweetest Lesbia MY sweetest Lesbia, let us live and love, And though the sager sort our deeds reprove, Let us not weigh them. Heaven’s great lamps do dive Into their west, and straight again revive. But, soon as once set our little light, Then must we sleep one ever-during night. If all wou... »

Flavius’s Girl To Flavius By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Flavius’s Girl To Flavius By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Flavius’s Girl To Flavius Flavius, unless your delights were tasteless and inelegant, you’d want to tell, and couldn’t be silent. Surely you’re in love with some feverish little whore: you’re ashamed to confess it. Now, pointlessly silent, you don’t seem to be idle of nights, it’s proclaimed by your... »

No. 101 (On His Brother’s Death) By Gaius Valerius Catullus

No. 101 (On His Brother’s Death) By Gaius Valerius Catullus

No. 101 (On His Brother’s Death) By ways remote and distant waters sped, Brother, to thy sad grave-side am I come, That I may give the last gifts to the dead, And vainly parley with thine ashes dumb: Since she who now bestows and now denies Hath ta’en thee, hapless brother, from mine eye... »