For David Ferry

nam, quod scriptorum non magna est copia apud me,
…….hoc fit, quod Romae vivimus: illa domus,
illa mihi sedes, illic mea carpitur aetas;
…….huc una ex multis capsula me sequitur.

As for my not having a good supply of authors with me here, that’s because I live at Rome: that is my home, that’s where I’ve settled, there my life is spent; but when I’m up here one small box out of many comes with me.

Catullus 68. 33–36