Friday, March 11, 2011

Catullus, Poem 70

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

Nulli se dicit mulier mea nubere malle
quam mihi, non si se Iuppiter ipse petat.
(My "wife" says that she prefers to be married to nobody else than me, not even if Jupiter himself sought her;)

dicit: sed mulier cupido quod dicit amanti,
in vento et rapida scribere oportet aqua.
(She says it: but whatever a "wife" says to her lover in desire, he is better off writing in wind and swift water.)