Translation:Catullus 70

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Catullus 70
by Catullus, translated from Latin by Wikisource

Elegiac couplets.

187527Catullus 70Catullus
Translation Original Latin Line

My woman says that she prefers to marry no one
over me, not even if Jupiter himself should seek her.
She says (these things), but what a woman says to her desirous lover
is fitting to write on the wind and on fast-flowing water.

Nūllī sē dīcit mulier mea nūbere mālle
    quam mihi, nōn sī sē Iuppiter ipse petat.
Dīcit: sed mulier cupidō quod dīcit amantī,
    in ventō et rapidā scrībere oportet aquā.