Sunday, January 10, 2010

Poetry Sunday (01-10-10 edition)

    This is one of my favorites by Petronius. There have been many translations of it. This particular translation is by Ben Jonson.


    Doing, a filthy pleasure is, and short

    by Gaius Petronius

    Doing, a filthy pleasure is, and short;
    And done, we straight repent us of the sport:
    Let us not then rush blindly on unto it,
    Like lustful beasts, that only know to do it:
    For lust will languish, and that heat decay.
    But thus, thus, keeping endless holiday,
    Let us together closely lie and kiss,
    There is no labour, nor no shame in this;
    This hath pleased, doth please, and long will please; never
    Can this decay, but is beginning ever.

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