Translation:Catullus 1

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Catullus 1
by Catullus, translated from Latin by Wikisource
Catullus 1 is traditionally arranged first among the poems of the Roman poet Catullus, though it was not necessarily the first poem that he wrote. Hendecasyllabic.
Literal English Translation Original Latin Line

To whom do I give
this elegant new booklet,
polished just now with dry pumice?
To you, Cornelius!
Since you always thought,
my doggerel something,
even when you alone among Italians
dared disentangle all time,
in three monographs,
scholarly by Jove
and intense.
So keep for yourself
this little whatever
of a book of some sort.

May it last,
O generous goddess!,
more than one long age.

cui dōnō lepidum novum libellum
āridā modo pūmice expolītum
Cornēlī tibi namque tū solēbās
meās esse aliquid putāre nūgās
iam tum cum ausus es ūnus Ītalōrum
omne aevum tribus explicāre cartīs
doctīs Iuppiter et labōriōsīs
quārē habē tibi quidquid hoc libellī
quālecumque quod ō patrōna virgō
plūs ūnō maneat perenne saeclō

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Don Martin 19 (talk) 23:10, 15 November 2016 (UTC) Don Martin 19 (talk) 23:13, 15 November 2016 (UTC)