Da Mi Basia Mille by Catullus
This poem is one quoted in Outlander and the Latin title is inscribed in Claire's ring from Jamie though she doesn't realize it until she shows the ring to Roger and Brianna in hopes of proving her tale of time-travel to be true. This is not something used in the show except in the Season Finale of Season Two where Claire remembers saying the words with Jamie when she visits Lallybroch in 1948.
CATULLUS (84?-54? BC)
Although Catullus is today considered the greatest lyric poet of ancient Rome, very little is known about his life. He was born to a well-to-do family in Verona and lived during the same time as did the statesmen Caesar, Pompey, and Cicero--all of whom he know. They and others are addressed by him in his poems, works that show an intense capacity for love, hate, and insult. Only 113 poems have survived. Of these, 57 are short poems, ranging in length between five and 25 lines, except for one of 34 lines. There are eight longer poems of from 48 to 408 lines in four different meters. The collection closes with 48 epigrams, brief poems of two to 12 lines. The most memorable of Catullus' work consists of his love poems in honor of Lesbia, whose real name was Clodia. His poetry strongly influenced poets of the following century: Virgil and Horace imitated him, and Ovid and Martial praised and commemorated his work.
Excerpted from The Complete Reference Collection Copyright © 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 The Learning Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Vivamus mea Lesbia, atque amemus,
English Version by Richard Crashaw (1612/3-1649)
Lines from Dragonfly in Amber episode are in blue:
Come and let us live my Deare,