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On Lesbia's wish for unbroken harmony between herself and Catullus. Apparently following c.107 by a brief interval that has allowed the first joy of reconciliation to subside and give place to a less passionate feeling: for the tone of vv. 3 and 4 seems to indicate that the voyage has been not without some storms.

mea vita: cf. Catul. 104.1; Catul. 45.13; Catul. 68.155.

proponis: proclaim, but with a suggestion of pledge rather than of mere prophecy; cf. Caes. BG 5.58.5magna proponit iis qui occiderint praemia” ; Cic. Tusc. 5.20praemium proposuit qui invenisset novam voluptatem” .

[3] di magni: here a true invocation, and not, as in Catul. 14.12 and Catul. 53.5, a mere expletive. Ellis compares Cic. Att. 16.1.6di faxint ut faciat ea quae promittit, — commune enim gaudium, — sed ego” , etc.

[5] perducere: Lachmann, following the early Italian editors, would read producere, on the ground that perducere occurs only when a limit is definitely set. But the MSS. of Prop. 1.3.39o utinam tales perducas, improbe, noctes” seem to support this reading, and the omitted limit is easily supplied from tota vita.

[6] sanctae amicitiae: of the pure sentiment rather than the passion of love; cf. Catul. 96.4.

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