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Dedication for a Volume of Lyrics

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

Translation of William Cranston Lawton

THIS dainty little book and new,

Just polished with the pumice, who

Shall now receive?—Cornelius, you!

For these my trifles even then

You counted of some value, when

You only of Italian men

Into three tomes had dared to cast

The story of all ages past,—

Learned, O Jupiter, and vast!

So take it, prize it as you may.

—And, gracious Virgin, this I pray:

That it shall live beyond our day!