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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

A Brother’s Grave

By Gaius Valerius Catullus (c. 84–c. 54 B.C.)

Translation of James Cranstoun

BROTHER! o’er many lands and oceans borne,

I reach thy grave, death’s last sad rite to pay;

To call thy silent dust in vain, and mourn,

Since ruthless fate has hurried thee away:

Woe’s me! yet now upon thy tomb I lay—

All soaked with tears for thee, thee loved so well—

What gifts our fathers gave the honored clay

Of valued friends; take them, my grief they tell:

And now, forever hail! forever fare thee well!