A Translation & Notes on Pervigilium Veneris

Updated: Jul 16

Pervigilium Veneris


These two wonderful lines in an 85-line odd poem of unknown authorship written between the 1st and 4th centuries have drawn translators from Thomas Parnell to Ezra Pound to Allen Tate to any number of university professors:

Cras amet qui nunquam amati Quique amavit tras ame.