suffixum in cruce: kept upon the rack. The reference is perhaps to the punishment by impalement, rarer and more dreaded than the ordinary forms of crucifixion; cf. Sen. Con. 20.3 “video istic cruces non unius quidem generis, sed aliter ab aliis fabricatas … alii per obscoena stipitem egerunt” ; Sen. Ep. 101.12 “suffigas licet et acutam sessuro crucem subdas” .
 tantillum: an atom.
 id: with reference to the theft of the kiss.
 articulis: fingers, as occasionally in the elegiasts and later.
 contractum: a technical word connected with contagious and infectious diseases.
 cf. Catul. 78b.4.
 infesto tradere Amori: i. e. to hand me over as a captive to a merciless jailer, —the idea being that the boy's petulant anger made him more attractive than ever, and quickened, instead of quenching, the poet's passion.
[15-16] 15-16. The poem concludes with a mock simplicity that allows the sportive character of the preceding complaints to be seen.