Catullus 5

Catullus 5

Let us live, my Lesbia, and let us love,
and let us value all the rumors of
more severe old men at a single as!
Suns are able to set and to rise again,
but to us, when once brief light has set,
one perpetual night will be for sleeping.
Give to me a thousand kisses, then a hundred,
then another thousand, then a second hundred,
then without cease another thousand, then a hundred.
Then, when we have made many thousands,
we shall mix them up, lest we know their number,
or lest any is able to cast an evil eye us,
when it knows such to be the total of our kisses.


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