MALEST, CORNIFICI, TUO CATULLO ...
I'M SICK AT HEART ...
Catullus (Gaius Valerius Catullus) trans. Christopher Pilling


Malest, Cornifici, tuo Catullo,
malest, me hercule, et laboriose,
et magis magis in dies et horas.
Quem tu, quod minimum facillimumque est,
qua solatus es allocutione?
Irascor tibi, sic meos amores?
Paulum quidlubet allocutionis,
maestius lacrimis Simonideis!


I'm sick at heart, the sickness grows,
Cornificius: friend, but dumb!
No sign from you, or the other so-&-sos!
It's getting worse; still no friends come.

I'm vexed, to say the least, peeved
that you, a friend, will not console
me with a verse or two. I'm aggrieved.
It won't take much. Have you no soul?

A word to show I'm cherished, please,
sadder than anything by Simonides.

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