by Gaius Valerius Catullus (c84 BCE - 54 BCE)
Translation by Heathcote William Garrod (1878 - 1960)

Love and death
Language: English  after the Latin 
Friend, if the mute and shrouded dead
  Are touched at all by tears
By love long fled and friendship sped
  And the unreturning years,

O then, to hear that early died,
  O doubt not, bridegroom, to thy bride
Thy love is sweet and sweeteneth
  The very bitterness of death.


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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:15
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