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Aurelius & Furius, true comrades (11)

by Gaius Valerius Catullus
translated by Charles Martin

Aurelius & Furius, true comrades, 
whether Catullus penetrates to where in 
outermost India booms the eastern ocean's 
    wonderful thunder;

whether he stops with Arabs or Hyrcani, 
Parthian bowmen or nomadic Sagae; 
or goes to Egypt, which the Nile so richly 
    dyes, overflowing;

even if he should scale the lofty Alps, or 
summon to mind the mightiness of Caesar 
viewing the Gallic Rhine, the dreadful Britons 
    at the world's far end-- 

you're both prepared to share in my adventures, 
and any others which the gods may send me.
Back to my girl then, carry her this bitter 
    message, these spare words:

May she have joy & profit from her cocksmen, 
go down embracing hundreds all together, 
never with love, but without interruption 
    wringing their balls dry;

nor look to my affection as she used to, 
for she has left it broken, like a flower 
at the edge of a field after the plowshare 
    brushes it, passing.

From The Poems of Catullus, translated by Charles Martin and published by Johns Hopkins University Press. © 1989 by Charles Martin. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
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