Remarkable Verse: An Unbearable Emotion

December 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

misero quod omnes
Eripit sensus mihi; Nam simul te
Lesbia aspexi, nihil est super mî
Quod loquar amens

Lingua torpet, tenuis sub artus
Flamma dimanant, sonitu suopte
Tinniunt aures, gemina teguntur
Lumina nocte.*

-Catulus. LI, 5.

 

*How pitiable I am. Love snatches my senses from me. As soon as I see you, Lesbia, I can say nothing to you, I am out of my mind; my tongue sticks in my mouth; a fiery flame courses through my limbs, my ears are ringing and darkness covers both my eyes.

 

Taken from Michel de Montaigne: The Complete Essays, On Sadness.

That is what one would say, when one needs to express an unbearable passion.

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