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Verse V

 

Let us live, my Lesbia, and let us love,
and as to the sayings of tedious old men,
let us reckon it all a groat.

Suns may sink and still return,
but for us, when our brief light is ended,
night brings eternal sleep.

Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred,
then another thousand, then a second hundred,
then also another thousand, then a hundred,
and then, with our thousands of kisses complete,
we’ll mix them all up, and no longer know,
so no one will think any possible ill,
just how many kisses we kissed.

 

Vivamus mea Lesbia, atque amemus,
rumoresque senum severiorum
omnes unius aestimemus assis!

soles occidere et redire possunt:
nobis cum semel occidit brevis lux,
nox est perpetua una dormienda.

da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,
deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
dein, cum milia multa fecerimus,
conturbabimus illa, ne sciamus,
aut ne quis malus inuidere possit,
cum tantum sciat esse basiorum.

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