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

Farewell to his Fellow-Officers

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

Translation of William Cranston Lawton

THE MILDER breath of Spring is nigh;

The stormy equinoctial sky

To Zephyr’s gentle breezes yields.

Behind me soon the Phrygian fields,

Nicæa’s sun-beat realm, shall lie.

To Asia’s famous towns we’ll hie.

My heart, that craves to wander free,

Throbs even now expectantly.

With zeal my joyous feet are strong;

Farewell, dear comrades, loved so long!

Afar together did we roam;

Now ways diverse shall lead us home.