To whom inscribe my charming new book—just out and with ashen pumice
polished? Cornelius, to you! for you
used to deem my triflings of account, and at a time when you alone of Italians
dared unfold the ages' abstract in three chronicles—learned, by
laboriously written. Therefore take this booklet, such as it is, and, O Virgin
Patroness, may it outlive generations more than one.
Catullus. The Carmina of Gaius Valerius Catullus. Leonard C. Smithers. London. Smithers. 1894.
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