The six poems of Sulpicia, a young woman poet of the late first century B.C., are found in the mss. of Tibullus (IV.7-11). She was the daughter of Servius Sulpicius Rufus (see poem iv) and the ward of Valerius Messalla Corvinus (see the second poem).
See Diotima's bibliographies for recent scholarship on Sulpicia.
Tandem venit amor, qualem texisse pudori
1-2 pudori, mihi double dative (dative of purpose, dative of reference): "At last love has come, such (a love) that rumor would be more shameful for me (for shame, leading to shame) to have hidden it than to have uncovered it to anyone."
3. Cytherea = Aphrodite
Camenis are the Roman version of the Muses, i.e. poetry. Sulpicia has won her love by her poetry, with Aphrodite acting as intermediary.
illum is Cerinthus, the man in her life, named in poems 2 and 4.
4 depono put down, plant, entrust for safekeeping
6 siquis if anyone Is it masculine or feminine? (You decide: is sua her own or his own? Or must we say his/her own?)
8 quam ... ante = antequam
meus my own true love
10 ferar "may I be said/reported to..."
Invisus natalis adest, qui rure molesto
3 urbe ablative of comparison
4 amnis river, stream
5 Messalla is her guardian.
mei objective genitive with studiose, voc. of studiosus sollicitous
iam quiescas "Now do give it a rest."
6 tempestivus early, seasonable, in season
propinquus near; as a noun, relative
For heu other texts read neu or non.
8 arbitrium judgment, control
Scis iter ex animo sublatum triste puellae?
1. triste with iter.
Gratum est, securus multum quod iam tibi de me
1 gratum est (= gratias ago) "thanks a lot" (sarcastic)
securus carefree, unconcerned, sure
quod the fact that
1-2 multum tibi permittis you allow yourself plenty of freedom
3 toga a lower class woman of "loose character" (used generally)
quasillum / quasillus wool basket
4 scortum a prostitute (the specific tramp Cerinthus is hanging out with)
5 dolori dative of purpose
6 cedam < cedo yield to, give up my place to
ignotus unknown, obscure, low
torus couch, bed, liaison
Estne tibi, Cerinthe, tuae pia cura puellae,
1 tuae puellae objective genitive, translate "for ..."
2 calor fever (of passion or illness)
3 aliter otherwise optarim = optaverim, potential subjunctive
5 prosit < prosum (subjunctive in a mixed condition)
6 lentus slow, easy, indifferent
Ne tibi sim, mea lux, aeque iam fervida cura
1 sim optative subjunctive
2 ante ago
3 tota iuventa ablative (of time within which)
cuius objective genitive with paenituisse