Catullus 72

You did say that once you alone knew Catullus,
Lesbia, and that you did not wish to hold me beneath Jove.
I have not loved you as your common friends,
But as a father loves his sons and sons-in-law.
Now I have come to know you: and while I burn immoderately,
You are yet to me cheaper and lighter by far.
‘How is it possible?’ you ask. Because such injury
Compels your lover more, but makes me desire you less.

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