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

Nulli se dicit mulier mea nubere malle
Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): SPA
[Nulli]1 se dicit mulier mea nubere malle
Quam mihi, non [si]2 Iuppiter ipse petat. 
Dicit: sed mulier cupido quod dicit amanti
In vento et rapida scribere oportet aqua.3

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1 Orff: "O mea Lesbia! Nulli"
2 Reuland: "si se"
3 Orff adds:
Catullus et Caelio exeunt. Appaudunt senes dicentes: 
Placet, placet, placet,
optime, optime, optime!


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¡Oh Lesbia mía! Con ninguno, fuera de...
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the Latin 
¡Oh Lesbia mía! Con ninguno, fuera de mí, dice mi amada 
que se uniría, así se lo pidiera el mismo Júpiter.
Eso dice, pero lo que una mujer dice a su amante 
hay que escribirlo en el viento y en el agua rápida.1

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1 Translation of the rest of Orff's text:
Salen Catulo y Celio. Los viejos aplauden y dicen: 

Los viejos
¡Bien, bien, bien, 
excelente, excelente, excelente!


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Line count: 4
Word count: 43