Catullus 101

Catullus 101

Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus
I arrive having been carried through many peoples and through many seas

advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,
to these miserable funeral rites, brother.

ut te postremo donarem munere mortis
so that I will present you with this final offering of death.

et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem,
and so that I would speak to the silent ashes in vain.

5 quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum,
since, fortune has borne you yourself away from me

heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi.
alas, miserable brother carried from me undeservedly

Nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum
Now however meanwhile, accept these things

tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,
which have been handed to you by the ancient custom of parents as a sad gift for funeral rights

accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,
accept these things dripping much with brotherly tears

10 atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.
and brother, hail and be well in eternity.