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246 Latin Catullus (ca. 84 b.c.–54 b.c.) CI By strangers’ coasts and waters, many days at sea, I came here for the rites of your unworlding, Bringing for you, the dead, these last gifts of the living And my words—vain sounds for the man of dust. Alas, my brother, You have been taken from me. You have been taken from me, By cold Chance turned a shadow, and my pain. Here are the foods of the old ceremony, appointed Long ago for the starvelings under earth: Take them; your brother’s tears have made them wet; and take Into eternity my hail and my farewell. Robert Fitzgerald, 1952 ...


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