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CARMEN LV.—TO CAMERIUS.
Now tell me, Camerius, my friend, if you please
Though they faced me sedately I questioned, and said “Give me back my Camerius," thus did I cry, "You naughtiest of girls;" whereat one passing by
Showed her fair naked bosom, and "here," did she say, “'Mid such roses your lost friend lies hid all the day;" 'Tis a Hercules' toil with you longer to bear, Far too proud you would be to receive visits there. So out with it boldly, and trust it to me, And tell me the place where you're likely to be, Do some milky-white girls you in bondage detain ? If you keep your lips closed what avails it to gain All love's fruits, for these triumphs are made to be sung, And Venus delights in a loud-tattling tongue; But still if you like, keep your mouth shut with care If but in your confidence I have a share; If I were as swift as that guardian of Crete, Huge Talus, or Perseus, with wing'd sandall’d feet, Or a Pegasus flying, or Ladas were I, Or with Rhesus's snowy-white horses could vie,
Or had I the fleetness of those living things
CARMEN LVII.-ON MAMURRA AND CÆSAR.
Well matched are seen that infamous pair
The marks of guilty love;
Those deep-stamped scars remove.
Lustful alike, in learning too
Such a well-mated pair,
Rivals of maidens fair !
CARMEN LVIII. - TO CALIUS ON LESBIA.
My Lesbia, Coelius, oh my Lesbia fair,
CARMEN LIX.-ON RUFA AND RUFULUS.
Does Bononian Rufa that wretched old soul
Was it a lioness on the Libyan hills
CARMEN LXI. -ON THE MARRIAGE OF JULIA AND MANLIUS.
O thou who aye thy lofty seat
On Helicon's high summit makest,
Her husband's passion rudely takest
Thy temples with a wreath surround
Of marjoram's bloom with odour sweet;
Thy head, and on thy snowy feet
Do thou on this blithe day rejoice,
And nuptial songs with us resound,
And beat with dancing feet the ground,
For now with omen good doth come
Julia, Manlius' bride to be,
Such as great Venus wore when she