Light Reading for the Brothel

Antonio Beccadelli, The Hermaphrodite 2.2:


“I warn you again, chaste maidens, don’t learn these lascivious poems as my mouth sings them. There is no legitimate business between you and me – go honor serious poets. But let charming Thais read me in the middle of the brothel.”

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Vos iterum moneo, castae nolite puellae
Discere lascivos ore canente modos.

Nil mihi vobiscum est. Vates celebrate severos.
Me Thais medio fornice blanda legat.

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