Translation:Catullus 51

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That man seems to me to be equal to a god.
That man, if it is permitted, [seems] to surpass the gods
[He] who sitting across from you
Repeatedly watches and listens to you


laughing sweetly, which snatches away
all sense from wretched me: for as soon as
I saw you, Lesbia, nothing remained
of the voice in my mouth


But my language is stiff, a thin flame goes down
under my weak limbs, my ears ring
with their own sound, my lights are covered
by twin darkness.


Leisure, Catullus, is trouble for you:
In leisure you exult and run riot excessively:
Leisure has destroyed kings before
And blessed cities.

ille mī par esse deō vidētur,
ille, sī fās est, superāre dīvōs,
quī sedēns adversus identidem tē
     spectat et audit

dulce rīdentem, miserō quod omnis
ēripit sensus mihi: nam simul tē,
Lesbia, adspexī, nihil est super mī
     vōcis in ōre

lingua sed torpet, tenuis sub artus
flamma dēmanat, sonitū suopte
tintinant aures, geminā teguntur
     lūmina nocte.

ōtium, Catulle, tibī molestum est:
ōtiō exsultās nimiumque gestīs.
ōtium et rēgēs prius et beātas
     perdidit urbēs.

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Vergil: Aeneid Book 1 (lines 1-519), Book 2 (lines 1-56, 199-297, 469-566, 735-804), Book 4 (lines 1-448, 642-705), Book 6 (lines 1-211, 450-476, 847-901), Book 10 (lines 420-509), Book 12 (lines 791-842, 887-952)
Catullus: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, (6), 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14a, 16, (21), 22, 30, 31, (34), 35, 36, 39, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 65, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 79, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 92, 93, 94, 96, 101, 107, 109, 116.
Cicero: Pro Archia Poeta; De Amicitia 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104; Pro Caelio 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 41, 42, 43, 47, 48, 49, 50, 56, 57, 58, 61, 62, 63, 66, 67, 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80
Horace: Sermones 1.9; Odes 1.1, 1.5, 1.9, 1.11, 1.13, 1.22, 1.23, 1.24, 1.25, 1.37, 1.38, 2.3, 2.7, 2.10, 2.14, 3.1, 3.9, 3.13, 3.30, 4.7
Ovid: Daphne and Apollo, Pyramus and Thisbe, Daedalus and Icarus, Baucis and Philemon, Pygmalion; Amores 1.1, (1.2), 1.3, (1.4), (1.5), (1.6), (1.7), 1.9, 1.11, 1.12, (1.14), (1.15), 3.15