FURI ET AURELI, COMITES CATULLI ... AURELIUS AND FURIUS, FIRM FRIENDS ...
Catullus (Gaius Valerius Catullus) tr. Colin Sydenham
Furi et Aureli, comites Catulli,
sive in extremos penetravit Indos,
litus ut longe resonante Eoa
.....tunditur unda,

sive in Hyrcanos Arabesve molles,
seu Sagas sagittiferosve Parthos,
sive quae septemgeminus colorat
.....aequora Nilus,

sive trans altas gradietur Alpes,
Caesaris visens monimenta magni,
Gallicum Rhenum horribile aequor ulti-
.....mosque Britannos,

omnia haec, quaecumque feret voluntas
caelitum, temptare simul parati,
pauca nuntiate meae puellae
.....non bona dicta.

cum suis vivat valeatque moechis,
quos simul complexa tenet trecentos,
nullum amans vere, sed identidem omnium
.....ilia rumpens;

nec meum respectet, ut ante, amorem,
qui illius culpa cecidit velut prati
ultimi flos, praetereunte postquam
.....tactus aratro est.
Aurelius and Furius, firm friends
who’d go to furthest India with me,
where eastern shores resound to pounding by
.....the seething sea,

to Scyths or Hyrcani, to decadent
Arabs or Parthians deadly with the bow,
to seas discoloured by the Nile’s super-
.....abundant flow;

we could traverse the soaring Alps, to tour,
in mighty Caesar’s footsteps, Gaul, the Rhine,
the dangerous Ocean and at last Britain’s
.....remote coastline.

Comrades, who’ve been prepared to brave with me
all such adventures, and whatever worse
the gods may send, now carry to my girl
.....my parting curse:

To hell with her and all the lovers she
embraces lovelessly, three hundred men
whose battered entrails she’s exhausted time
.....and time again.

My love is dead, and she it was who killed
it; let her not come sniffing for it now,
a hedgerow flower, casual victim of
.....the passing plough.

Trans. Copyright © Colin Sydenham 2006


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