Gideon Nisbet (ed.), Oxford World's Classics: Martial: Epigrams
- Flete nefas uestrum, sed toto flete Lucrino,
- Naides, et luctus sentiat ipsa Thetis:
- inter Baianas raptus puer occidit undas
- Eutychos ille, tuum, Castrice, dulce latus.
- hic tibi curarum socius blandumque leuamen,
- pg 116 hic amor, hic nostri uatis Alexis erat.
- numquid te uitreis nudum lasciua sub undis
- uidit et Alcidae nympha remisit Hylan?
- an dea femineum iam neglegit Hermaphroditum
- amplexu teneri sollicita uiri?
- quidquid id est, subitae quaecumque est causa rapinae,
- sit, precor, et tellus mitis et unda tibi.
Weep, Naiads, at your crime; fill lake Lucrinus with your tears, and let Thetis herself hear your lamentation. A boy is dead, pulled into the undertow at Baiae—sweet Eutychos, who, Castricus, was your inseparable friend.* He was your companion through bad times, your welcome distraction; he was your love; he was the Alexis of our bard.*
pg 117Tell me, boy, did some lust-struck nymph see you unclothed beneath the glassy waters, and send Hercules back his Hylas?* Or does the goddess have no time for unmanly Hermaphroditus, now she melts in the embrace of a youth who's all man? Whatever the truth, whatever the reason you were taken so suddenly, I pray that the earth may rest gently on you, and the water too.