My poems are naughty, but my life is pure.

[Lasciva est nobis pagina, vita proba.]

Martial (AD c.39-c.103) Spanish Roman poet, satirist, epigrammatist [Marcus Valerius Martialis]
Epigrams [Epigrammata], Book 1, epigram 4, l. 8
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Alternate translations:

  • "My page indulges in freedoms, but my life is pure." [tr. Bohn ed. (1860)]
  • "Wanton is my page; my life is good." [tr. Ker (1919)]
  • "Strict censure may this harmless sport endure: / My page is wanton, but my life is pure." [tr. Duff (1929)]
Added on 2-Aug-17 | Last updated 1-Jun-21
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