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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Pyramus and Thisbe

Pyramus and Thisbe, the one a most beautiful boy 55
the other preferred to any girl whom the orient had,
they had neighboring houses, where Semiramis is said
to have encircled her high city with a wall of fired bricks.
The neighbors made the acquaintance and first steps (towards love);

Love is born by time. They would have come together by the sanction of the torch, 60
but their parents forbade it; what they were not able to forbid,
was that both burned equally their minds having been captured.
Even with every witness absent, they spoke with nods of the head and signals,
the more the fire was concealed, the more the fire having been concealedf blazes.

The common wall (paries...communis) to the house was opened up with a small crack, 65
which had developed when it was made,
this defect, known to no one through a generation-
what does love not know?-you lovers saw it first,
and you made the journey of your voice; and through that thing
they were accostomed to crossing by slightest murmurs of secure flattery 70

Often, when they stood, Thisbe on this side, Pyramus on that,
and each breath was alternately grasped at,
'hateful wall' they said, 'why are you an obstacle to lovers?'
How great it would be if you would allow us to be joined by our whole body
or, if that is excessive, if you would be open to kisses being given? 75

We are not ungrateful: we admit that we owe you,
the fact that a passage was given for words to friendly ears.'
Having spoken such things to no avail from opposite seat
they said just before night, 'Farewell,' and they gave kisses
to their own part that did not come through from the side opposite their own 80

3 Comments:

Blogger sam i am said...

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5:19 PM  
Blogger Travis Andrade said...

Yeah I dropped the ball yesterday-here is are the last two sections!

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont see the point of learning latin coach, no one speaks it anymore, its boring and all its doing is confusing me.
~butler

4:39 PM  

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