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

Desine de quoquam quicquam bene velle...
Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): SPA
[Desine]1 de quoquam quicquam bene velle mereri
aut aliquem fieri posse putare pium.
Omnia sunt ingrata, nihil fecisse benigne
[prodest]2, immo etiam taedet obestque magis;
ut mihi, quem nemo gravius nec acerbius urget,
quam modo qui me unum atque unicum amicum habuit.3

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1 Orff: "O mea Lesbia! Desine"
2 Orff: "est"
3 Orff interpolates at the end:
Omnia sunt ingrata.
Applaudunt senes dicentes:
Placet, placet, placet,
optime, optime, optime.


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¡Lesbia mía! Deja de querer servir a...
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the Latin 
¡Lesbia mía! Deja de querer servir a cualquiera 
y no pienses que nadie pueda mostrarse agradecido.
Todo es ingratitud, de nada sirve obrar bien,
por el contrario, trae fastidio, y perjuicios.
En cuanto a mí, nadie me persigue con más rabia y encarnizamiento 
que el que hasta hace poco me consideró su único amigo.1

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1 Translation of words Orff has inserted:
Todo es ingratitud.

Los viejos aplauden y dicen:
Los viejos
¡Bien, bien, bien, 
excelente, excelente, excelente!


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This text was added to the website: 2015-10-08
Line count: 6
Word count: 54