Catullus - Poem 101
Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus
advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,
ut te postremo donarem munere mortis
et multam nequiquam adloquerer cinerem,
quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum,
heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi.
nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum
tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,
accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu
atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale
Translation - Aubrey Beardsley
By ways remote and distant
Brother, to thy sad grave
-side am I come,
That I may give the last gifts to the dead
And vainly parley with thine ashes dumb:
Since she who now bestows and now denies
Hath taken thee, hapless brother, from mine eyes.
But lo! these gifts, the heirlooms of past years,
Are made sad things to grace thy coffin
Take them, all drenchèd with a brother’s tears,
And, brother, for all time, hail and farewell
Catullus (c84BC-c54BC) was born at Verona
in Italy and owned an estate at Sirmio on Lake Garda, as well as a villa near Rome
116 poems survive of Catullus' work and these were mostly written between 61 and 54 BC. However, they cannot be precisely dated, and there are ancient citations
for at least 5 more.
Catullus died at the age of 30, according to Ovid.
For more biographical details, see the Catullus node