By Petronius (1st century AD) – Translation by Ben Johnson


Petronius (1st century AD)

Doing, a filthy pleasure is, and short;
And done, we straight repent us of the sport.
Let us not rush blindly into 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 shame to this;
This hath pleased, doth please, and long will please;
Never can this decay, but is beginning ever.





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