Friday, April 15, 2011

Catullus, Poem 30

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

ALFENE immemor atque unanimis false sodalibus,

[Alfenus, you ingrate and faker to all your friends,]

iam te nil miseret, dure, tui dulcis amiculi?

[already, you heartless man, you could not pity your dear little friend just a bit?]

iam me prodere, iam non dubitas fallere, perfide?

[already you don't doubt that you can pull the wool over my eyes, and deceive me, you traitor?]

nec facta impia fallacum hominum caelicolis placent.

[The wicked deeds of lying men do not please the gods who dwell in heaven.]

quae tu neglegis ac me miserum deseris in malis.

[these are things you fail to consider, and you've let me miserable, in a state of woes.]

eheu quid faciant, dic, homines cuiue habeant fidem?

[O indeed, tell me, what can men do, or better, in whom can they hold their trust?]

certe tute iubebas animam tradere, inique, me

[You used to tell me open my heart, with certainty and assurance, you base man,]

inducens in amorem, quasi tuta omnia mi forent.
[so that I could lead myself to your love, as though everything were secure for my sake.]

idem nunc retrahis te ac tua dicta omnia factaque

[and now, just like that, you draw yourself back, and your promises, and your actions]

uentos irrita ferre ac nebulas aereas sinis.

[and you allow the wind and airy mists to carry them off, as though they were useless.]

si tu oblitus es,
 [Perhaps for your part, you've forgotten,]

at di meminerunt,
 [but the gods remember,]

meminit Fides,

[and Loyalty remembers,]

quae te ut paeniteat postmodo facti faciet tui.
[and she will make you pay for your past action.]