2. CIL 4.4966-67 = CLE 934-935 (Tiburtinus)

 

(Text & paraphrasis from David O. Ross, Jr., Nine epigrams from Pompeii, in Chr. M. Dawson, Th. Cole, eds., Studies in Latin Poetry, Cambridge: CUP 2009, 131 ff.)

… t[?] ui me oculei pos<t>quam deducxstis in ignem,
… uim uestreis largificatis geneis.
… non possunt lacrumae restinguere flam<m>
am:
… cos.?. incendunt tabifican<t>que animum.

… veicinei incendia participantur,
… flammam tradere utei liceat


After you, my eyes, led me forcibly into the fire of love,
You pour down your cheeks the full force of your
[either tears to extinguish the fire you kindled (as Baehrens), or fire (as Ribezzo); or the line may be restored to mean you do not supply tears in sufficient quantity to put out the fire (as della Corte after a suggestion of Buecheler)].
But tears cannot put out this flame,
[and even they] burn… and waste my spirit.

Neighbors share their fires:
why don’t you do likewise?