BLACK CAT POEMS
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On Lesbia's Inconstancy
(c. 84-54 B.C.)
translated by Theodore Martin
My mistress says, there's not a man
Of all the many that she knows,
She'd rather wed than me, not one,
Though Jove himself were to propose.
She says so;--but what woman says
To him who fancies he has caught her,
'Tis only fit it should be writ
In air or in the running water.
poems by Catullus