by Gaius Valerius Catullus (c84 BCE - 54 BCE)
Translation © by Saúl Botero Restrepo

Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus
Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): SPA
Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus,
rumoresque senum severiorum
omnes unius aestimemus assis!
Soles occidere et redire possunt;
nobis cum semel occidit brevis lux,
nox est perpetua una dormienda.
Da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
[dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,]1
deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
Dein, cum milia multa fecerimus,
conturbabimus illa, ne sciamus,
aut ne quis malus invidere possit,
cum tantum sciat esse basiorum.

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Vivamos, Lesbia mía, y amémonos
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the Latin 
Vivamos, Lesbia mía, y amémonos, 
y lo que dicen los viejos ceñudos
nada nos importe.
Los soles pueden ponerse y salir:
pero nosotros, una vez extinguida la débil luz,
deberemos dormir una perpetua noche. 
Dame mil besos, luego ciento, 
luego otros mil, luego ciento.
Y cuando llevemos muchos miles,
confundámoslos todos, hasta no saber
y que ningún malvado pueda envidiarnos 
al saber cuántos besos han sido.

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