Martial (M. Valerius Martialis)trans. David Lisle Crane
Hoc iacet in tumulo raptus puerilibus annis
Pantagathus, domini cura dolorque sui,
Vix tangente vagos ferro resecare capillos
Doctus et hirsutas excoluisse genas.
Sis licet, ut debes, tellus, placata levisque,
Artificis levior non potes esse manu.
here snatched to his grave
from his boyish years
lies pantagathos
the beloved and the sorrow of his lord
who could cut unruly hair
with a knife that scarcely touched it -
lie earth as you should on him
gentle and light
light as his hand on me

Trans. Copyright © David Crane 2003

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