NULLI SE DICIT MULIER ... MY WOMAN DECLARES ...
Catullus (Gaius Valerius Catullus) tr. Colin Sydenham
Nulli se dicit mulier mea nubere malle
.....quam mihi, non si se Iuppiter ipse petat,
dicit: sed mulier cupido quod dicit amanti,
.....in vento et rapida scribere oportet aqua.
My woman declares Iím her first choice for marriage, thereís nobody else
.....she would have, not even if Jove condescended to court her.
She says it, but words which a woman breathes into her loverís hot ear
.....should be written in wandering wind or in hurrying water.

Trans. Copyright © Colin Sydenham 2006


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