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Catullus 77

Rufe mihi frustra ac nequiquam credite amice (frustra? immo magno cum pretio atque malo), sicine subrepsti mi, atque intestina perurens ei misero eripuisti omnia nostra bona? eripuisti, heu heu nostrae crudele venenum..............5 vitae, heu heu nostrae pestis amicitiae.

Meter: elegiacs. 1. mihi. . .credite: trusted by me perfect passive participle in the vocative modifying Rufe; frustra ac nequiquam: for nothing and in vain amice: adverbial form of amicus. 2. immo magno cum pretio: no, at great cost 3. sicine subrepsti mi: subrepsisti. "Have you thus crept up on me?" 4. ei misero: exclamatory Dative of Reference with intestina. 5. crudele venenum: vocative modifies Rufe, the subject of eripuisti.


Catullus 77