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LESBIA, LIVE TO LOVE, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Lesbia, live to love and pleasure
Last Line: Neither we nor envy know.
Alternate Author Name(s): Catullus, Caius Valerius
Subject(s): Carpe Diem

LESBIA, live to love and pleasure,
Careless what the grave may say:
When each moment is a treasure
Why should lovers lose a day?

Setting suns shall rise in glory,
But when little life is o'er,
There's an end to all the story:
We shall sleep and wake no more.

Give me then a thousand kisses,
Twice ten thousand more bestow,
Till the sum of boundless blisses
Neither we nor envy know.

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