Sunday, May 25, 2008

Clari Renident (Alcaici)

Clari renident nubila candida
splendore solis, montium et aspera
luna refulgent, at puellae
labra nitent rubra sub lucerna

describat astrorum aethere in arduo
doctus meatus; sunt mihi savia
sublimiora atque apta carmini
ad celebrem et data signa mensam.

The clouds beam forth, white with the sun's splendor
the austere mountain heights glitter with the moon light
But her lips gleam red under the lamp flame.

Let the scientist describe the paths of the stars,
traced in high heaven; for me, kisses are
more sublime and apt for song,
and signals given at the crowded table.

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