|Carmen 45 (in English by Murray McDonell)
Scanned. Compare two languages here.
Septimius, holding his love Acme
in his arms, said:"My Acme,
unless I love you to distraction and hereafter
am prepared to love you continually throughout the years
as much as he who can love you most,
may I alone in Libya and torrid India
meet a grey-eyed lion."
As he said this, Cupid sneezed approval on
the left as before on the right.
And Acme, gently bending back her head
and having kissed the eyes intoxicated
with love, of the sweet boy with those rosy lips,
said: "In this way, my dear Septimius,
my life, let us serve forever this one master,
as a flame much greater and keener
burns in my tender limbs."
As she said this, Cupid sneezed approval
on the left as before on the right.
Now having set out with good omens they
love and are loved with mutual feelings.
Poor little Septimius prefers his one Acme
to all the Syrias and Britains:
the faithful Acme takes delight
and pleasure in her one Septimius.
Who has seen any more blessed men,
who a more auspicious Cupid?
|© copyright 26-3-1998 by Murray McDonell