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Lugete, o Veneres Cupidinesque, et quantum est hominum venustiorum: passer mortuus est meae puellae, passer, deliciae meae puellae, quem plus illa oculis suis amabat....................................5 nam mellitus erat suamque norat ipsam tam bene quam puella matrem, nec sese a gremio illius movebat, sed circumsiliens modo huc modo illuc ad solam dominam usque pipiabat;...............................10 qui nunc it per iter tenebricosum illud, unde negant redire quemquam. at vobis male sit, malae tenebrae Orci, quae omnia bella devoratis: tam bellum mihi passerem abstulistis..............................15 o factum male! o miselle passer! tua nunc opera meae puellae flendo turgiduli rubent ocelli. Meter: hendecasyllabics. 1. Veneres Cupidinesque: the sense is "lover-girls and boys". 2. quantum...venustiorum: "as much as there is of more fashionable people." 5. oculis suis: Ablative of Comparison with plus. 6. mellitus: honey sweet norat: syncopated form of noverat he knew. 7. ipsam: (in this context) "mistress". 8. e gremio: from his lap 9. circumsiliens: hopping around 10. usque pipiabat: used to chirp continually 11. tenebricosum: shadowy, dark 12. negant: subject is either the impersonal "they" or is to be assumed from malae tenebrae in next line. 13. at vobis male sit: Optative Subjunctive, "but may it be bad for you". 14. Orci: of Hell 16. o factum male: "o, evilly done". 17. tua opera: Ablative; "through your effort", "thanks to you". 18. turgiduli ocelli: subject of rubent. swollen little eyes

Catullus 3  

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