by Gaius Cornelius Gallus (70 BCE - 26 BCE)

Ad Lydiam
Language: Latin 
Lydia, bella puella, candida, 
  Quæ bene superas lac et lilium,
  Albamque simul rosam rubidam, 
  Aut expolitum ebur Indicum! 

Pande, puella, pande capillulos, 
  Flavos, lucentes ut aurum nitidum.
  Pande, puella, collum candidum,
  Productum bene candidis humeris.

Pande, puella, stellatos oculos,
  Flexaque super nigra cilia.
  Pande, puella, genas roseas,
  Perfusas rubro purpuræ Tyriæ.

Porrige labra, labra corallina;
  Da columbatim mitia basia. 
  Sugis amentis partem animi:
  Cor mihi penetrant hæc tua basia.

Quid mihi sugis vivum sanguinem? 
  Conde papillas, conde gemipomas, 
  Compresse lacte quæ modo pullulant.

Sinus expansa profert cinnama:
  Undique surgunt ex te deliciæ.
  Conde papillas, quæ me sauciant 
  Candore et luxu nivei pectoris.
  Sæva non cernis quantum ego langueo?
  Sic me destituis jam semimortuum?

Confirmed with Poésies de Cornelius Gallus. Traduction nouvelle par M. Jules Genouille, Paris, C. L. F. Panckoucke, 1836, pages 40, 42.


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  • ENG English (Charles Isaac Elton, QC) , "To Lydia" [an adaptation]


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