Translated by A. S. Kline ©
Book II:38 A fine view
You ask what I see in my farm near Nomentum, Linus?
What I see in it, Linus, is: from there I can’t see you.
Book III:27 Dinner invitations
Though I invite you, Gallus, you never invite me back:
I’d forgive you, Gallas, if you never invited a soul.
You do, though: we both have faults. ‘Which?’ you ask,
I’ve no sense, Gallas, and you’ve no shame.
Book III:26 Possession
Only you have land, then, Candidus,
Gold plate, cash, and porcelain, only you,
Massic or Caecuban wine of famous vintage,
only you judgement and wit, only you.
You have it all – well say I don’t deny it –
But everyone has your wife, along with you.
trans. George Long
In he morning when thou risest unwillingly, let this thought be present- I am rising to the
work of a human being. Why then am I dissatisfied if I am going to do the things for
which I exist and for which I was brought into the world? Or have I been made for this, to