Desertae

Ah nimium faciles aurem praebere puellae,
discite desertae non temere esse bonae!
huic quoque, qui restet, iam pridem quaeritur alter:
experta in primo, stulta cavere potes.
nos quocumque loco, nos omni tempore tecum
sive aegra pariter sive valente sumus.
(Propertius 2.21.15-20)

Ah, ye girls all to ready to lend an ear, learn from being abandoned not to be rashly kind! My girl too has now for days been looking for another lover who will stay: duped by the first one, silly woman, you had better watch out. As for me, at any time, in any place, alike in sickness and in health, my heart belongs to you. (tr. GeorgeĀ Patrick Goold)

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