Parerga/Woman's Faith

For other English-language translations of this work, see Catullus 70.


WOMAN'S FAITH.

FROM CATULLUS.



"Nulli se dicit mea fœmina nubere malle
Quàm mihi; non si se Jupiter ipse petat.
Dicit: sed mulier cupido quod dicit amanti
In vento, et rapida scribere oportet aquâ."



My Mistress tells me oft, that she
Would not prefer Great Jove to me.
She tells me:——but I know full well
What women eager lovers tell
Ought to be written on the breeze,
The running streams, and flowing seas.