Gyrantem amplexu plena saltantium in aula
I held her now in embrace
as both of us spin in place
But it's me she really holds
with her glances.
Saevus Venit Amor (elegiac couplet)
Saevus venit Amor princeps; Elegia secuta est
dein Nox Insomnis, plenaque charta precum.
Firs savage desire came; Lady Elegy followed him,
then Sleepless Night, and the page filled with prayers.
Alcaics - Rough Draft.
versantem cantare meis in urbe
ventosa Musis Capreisve pulchris
apricantem te libeat, profectamve
Indicum ad aestum.
Let this please you that, with my Muse,
I sing of you staying
In the windy city, or sunning
Yourself in beautiful
On your way to the heat of
You've come, harsh boy! You're here, unexpected! Hopes
which you now cause to be for nought, then in my eyes used to be firm!
Then , when no love, then, when no girlfriend
nourished laments or taught me to write elegy!
Just as an oak which, umoved by winds, has always stood firm
on its mountain, such was my way of life!
But on account of you, bittersweet love, oh! alas!
my body trembles; and your weapons have by now wounded my heart!
O sperate, venis, pharetraque educere tela
Figere et in pectus, dulcis amor, ratus es!
Saepe, puer, me spernebas tibi vota ferentem
Quae fugere in ventos omnia cassa tuli!