when you come upon me–
Ah you are here now!
Give me now libidinous joys only!
Give me the drench of my passions!
Give me life coarse and rank!
To-day, I go consort with nature’s darlings
I am for those who believe in loose delights–
I share the midnight orgies of young men;
I dance with the dancers, and drink with the drinkers;
The echoes ring with our indecent calls;
I take for my love some prostitute–
I pick out some low person for my dearest friend,
He shall be lawless, rude, illiterate–
he shall be one condemn’d by others for deeds done;
I will play a part no longer–
Why should I exile myself from my companions?
10 O you shunn’d persons!
I at least do not shun you,
I come forthwith in your midst–
I will be your poet,
I will be more to you than to any of the rest.