Gaius Valerius Catullus Catull

A limine – Von der Schwelle.

A limine.

À son amant ce que dit une femme, écris-le sur la brise et sur l'eau du torrent.

Albus an ater sit, nescio – Ob er weiß oder schwarz ist, ich weiß es nicht.

Albus an ater sit, nescio.

Arrius, if he wanted to say 'amenities' used to say 'hamenities', and for 'intrigue' 'hintrigue'.

As a flower grows concealed in an enclosed garden, unknown to the cattle, bruised by no plough, and which the breezes caress, the sun makes strong, and the rain brings out; many boys and many girls long for it.

Aux serments qu'on nous tient que nulle ne se fie et n'attende d'un homme une parole vraie! Dans leur impatience à gagner nos faveurs ils n'épargnent sans peur ni serments ni promesses mais, une fois comblé le désir qui les presse, ils bravent leur parole et sourient des parjures.

But what a woman says to her lusting lover it is best to write in wind and swift-flowing water.

But you shall not escape my iambics.

By many lands and over many a wave I come, my brother, to your piteous grave, To bring you the last offering in death And o'er dumb dust expend an idle breath; For fate has torn your living self from me, And snatched you, brother, O, how cruelly! Yet take these gifts, brought as our fathers bade For sorrow's tribute to the passing shade; A brother's tears have wet them o'er and o'er; And so, my brother, hail, and farewell evermore!

Catullus gives you warmest thanks, And he the worst of poets ranks; As much the worst of bards confessed, As you of advocates the best.

Der Topf sucht sich selbst seine Kräuter. – Ipsa olera olla legit.

Du schreibst auf Wasser. – In aqua scribis.

For there is nothing sillier than a silly laugh.

For you used to think my trifles were worth something.

Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred, then another thousand, then a second hundred, then yet another thousand, then a hundred.

Give up wanting to deserve any thanks from anyone, or thinking that anybody can be grateful.

I hate and I love: why I do so you may well ask. I do not know, but I feel it happen and am in agony.

If a man can take any pleasure in recalling the thought of kindnesses done.

If I have led a pure life.

In aqua scribis – Du schreibst auf Wasser.

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