Lugete, o Veneres Cupidinesque,
et quantum est hominum uenustiorum:
passer mortuus est meae puellae,
passer, deliciae meae puellae,
quem plus illa oculis suis amabat.
nam mellitus erat suamque norat
ipsam tam bene quam puella matrem,
nec sese a gremio illius mouebat,
sed circumsiliens modo huc modo illuc
ad solam dominam usque pipiabat;
qui nunc it per iter tenebricosum
illud, unde negant redire quemquam.
at uobis male sit, malae tenebrae
Orci, quae omnia bella deuoratis:
tam bellum mihi passerem abstulistis
o factum male! o miselle passer!
tua nunc opera meae puellae
flendo turgiduli rubent ocelli.

 

Discussion Questions

 

  • What is the relationship between the passer and the puella in this poem?
  • What is the effect of the repetition of meae puellae each time in the same metrical position in lines 3, 4 and 17?
  • What is the relevance of the references to the path to the underworld and to Orcus in line 14?
  • Compare the partially solemn tone of this poem with the solemnity of poem 101. What elements in this poem (no. 3) create a more humorous tone?

 

 

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