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

Ille mi par esse deo videtur
Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): SPA
Ille mi par esse deo videtur,
ille, si fas est, superare divos,
qui sedens adversus identidem te
  spectat et audit

dulce ridentem, misero quod omnis
eripit sensus mihi, nam simul te,
Lesbia, aspexi, nihil est super mi
  [vocis in ore,]1

lingua sed torpet, tenuis sub artus
flamma demanat, sonitu suopte
tintinant aures, gemina teguntur
  lumina nocte.

Otium, Catulle, tibi molestum est:
otio exsultas nimiumque gestis:
otium et reges prius et beatas
  perdidit urbes.

J. Novák sets stanzas 1-3

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Igual a un dios me parece
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the Latin 
Igual a un dios me parece,
y si es posible superar a los dioses,
el que sentado frente a ti 
te contempla y te oye

reír dulcemente, pero a mí, desdichado,
me quita el sentido. Y si hacia ti, 
Lesbia, mis ojos dirijo, estoy acabado, 

mi lengua es torpe, tenue por mis miembros
una llama se agita, con extraño sonido
tintinean mis oídos y cubre 
mis ojos una doble noche.

El ocio, Catulo, te hace mal:
con el ocio de exaltas demasiado,
el ocio perdió a reyes
y a ciudades felices.

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Line count: 15
Word count: 91