Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CARMINA: 69: TO RUFUS, by GAIUS VALERIUS CATULLUS



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CARMINA: 69: TO RUFUS, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: That no fair woman will, wonder not why
Last Line: Or cease to wonder why they fly you thus.
Alternate Author Name(s): Catullus, Caius Valerius
Subject(s): Aromas; Love - Erotic


THAT no fair woman will, wonder not why,
Clap, Rufus, under thine her tender thigh;
Not a silk gown shall once melt one of them,
Nor the delights of a transparent gem.
A scurvy story kills thee, which doth tell
That in thine armpits a fierce goat doth dwell.
Him they all fear full of an ugly stench,
Nor's 't fit he should lie with a handsome wench.
Wherefore this noses' cursed plague first crush,
Or cease to wonder why they fly you thus.





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