“Stella’s dove, his fond delight – go ahead and let Verona hear this! – is better than Catullus’ sparrow. That dove is better than the sparrow by as much as my friend Stella is better than Catullus.”
Stellae delicium mei columba,
Verona licet audiente dicam,
uicit, Maxime, passerem Catulli.
Tanto Stella meus tuo Catullo
quanto passere maior est columba.
Note: Verona = Catullus’ birthplace.