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Catullus 2
by Catullus, translated from Latin by Wikisource
Poem addressed to his mistress Lesbia's pet sparrow. Hendecasyllabic.
Literal English Translation Original Latin Line

Songbird - my sweetheart's pet -
she likes to play with you
have you in her lap
apply her fingertip
to your attack
tease you often into sharp nips
when it pleases her
I don't know why
to mock the dear small comfort
of desire.
I think its so her love
may then subside.

If only I could play with you
as she does
and relieve my soul's
sad torments.

It would be as pleasing to me as they say
was the golden apple to the swift maiden
because it undid her skirts so long tied.

Passer, dēliciae meae puellae,
quicum lūdere, quem in sinū tenēre,
cui prīmum digitum dare appetentī
et ācrīs solet incitāre morsūs,
cum dēsīderiō meō nitentī
cārum nesciŏ quid lubet iocārī
et sōlāciolum suī dolōris,
crēdō ut tum gravis acquiēscat ardor:
tēcum lūdere sīcut ipsa possem
et trīstīs animī levāre cūrās!

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2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.10

edit AP Latin Syllabus
Vergil: Aeneid Book 1 (lines 1-519), Book 2 (lines 1-56, 199-297, 469-566, 735-804), Book 4 (lines 1-448, 642-705), Book 6 (lines 1-211, 450-476, 847-901), Book 10 (lines 420-509), Book 12 (lines 791-842, 887-952)
Catullus: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, (6), 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14a, 16, (21), 22, 30, 31, (34), 35, 36, 39, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 65, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 79, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 92, 93, 94, 96, 101, 107, 109, 116.
Cicero: Pro Archia Poeta; De Amicitia 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104; Pro Caelio 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 41, 42, 43, 47, 48, 49, 50, 56, 57, 58, 61, 62, 63, 66, 67, 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80
Horace: Sermones 1.9; Odes 1.1, 1.5, 1.9, 1.11, 1.13, 1.22, 1.23, 1.24, 1.25, 1.37, 1.38, 2.3, 2.7, 2.10, 2.14, 3.1, 3.9, 3.13, 3.30, 4.7
Ovid: Daphne and Apollo, Pyramus and Thisbe, Daedalus and Icarus, Baucis and Philemon, Pygmalion; Amores 1.1, (1.2), 1.3, (1.4), (1.5), (1.6), (1.7), 1.9, 1.11, 1.12, (1.14), (1.15), 3.15