Catullus Poem 99
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SVRRIPVI tibi, dum ludis, mellite Iuuenti, 1 I STOLE a kiss from you, honey-sweet Juventius, while you were playing,
suauiolum dulci dulcius ambrosia.
a kiss sweeter than sweet ambrosia.
uerum id non impune tuli: namque amplius horam 3 But not unpunished; for I remember how for more than an hour
suffixum in summa me memini esse cruce,
I hung impaled on the top of the cross,
dum tibi me purgo nec possum fletibus ullis 5 while I was excusing myself to you, yet could not with all my tears
tantillum uestrae demere saeuitiae.
take away ever so little from your anger;
nam simul id factum est, multis diluta labella 7 for no sooner was it done, than you washed your lips clean
guttis abstersisti omnibus articulis,
with plenty of water, and wiped them with all your fingers,
ne quicquam nostro contractum ex ore maneret, 9 that no contagion from my mouth might remain,
tamquam commictae spurca saliua lupae.
as if my salive was as dirty as a she-wolf's urine.
praeterea infesto miserum me tradere amori 11 Besides that, you made haste to deliver your unhappy lover to angry Love,
non cessasti omnique excruciare modo,
and to torture him in every manner,
ut mi ex ambrosia mutatum iam foret illud 13 so that that kiss, changed from ambrosia,
suauiolum tristi tristius elleboro.
was now more bitter than bitter hellebore.
quam quoniam poenam misero proponis amori, 15 Since then you impose this penalty on my unlucky love,
numquam iam posthac basia surripiam.
henceforth I will never steal any kisses.