Catullus 1

Catullus 1

To whom do I give my nice new little book,
Polished smooth just now with dry pumice?
Cornelius, to you: for you were accustomed
To think my nothings to be something,
When even then you dared to explicate
The whole age of Italy in three learned
and–by Jove!–laborious books!
Therefore, have for yourself whatever kind
Of book this is; which enduring , o patron virgin,
May remain for more than a generation.

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