Friday, March 11, 2011

Catullus, Poem 5

Gaius Valerius Catullus
84-54 BCE (over 2,000 years ago)
Trans RMBullard Latin (Golden Age)

Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus/rumoresque senum severiorum/omnes unius aestimemus assis!
(Let us live, my Lesbia, and let us love, and let us deem all the rumors of the very harsh old men worthy of a single cent!)

soles occidere et redire possunt:
(The suns can fall and return;)

nobis cum semel occidit brevis lux/nox est perpetua una dormienda.
(When once a brief light fell on us, there was one continual night for sleeping.)

da mi basia mille, deinde centum/dein mille altera, dein secunda centum/deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
(Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred, then another thousand, then another hundred, then even another thousand, then a hundred.)

dein, cum milia multa fecerimus/conturbabimus illa, ne sciamus/aut ne quis malus invidere possit/cum tantum sciat esse basiorum.
(Then, when we finish many thousands, we shall mix them all up, so that we won't know, or so that so evil man won't be able to look upon us, lest he find out how many kisses these are.)