Catullus: Carmina, 100

Aufilenus, loved by Caelius, who’s one brother;
     Aufilena, loved by Quintius, who’s the other
(Verona’s best young men): this must be what they call
     That Band of Brothers, sweetest bond of all.
Which one should I favor? Caelius, you, for you
     Were tested in the fire and saw me through,
True friend, when passion’s flame burned crazy in my marrow.
     Good luck. Let’s hope you win despite Love’s arrow.

translated by Len Krisak

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