Pliny the Younger (AD61–AD112) to his wife, Calpur­nia

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You will not be­lieve what a long­ing for you pos­sesses me. The chief cause of this is my love; and then we have not grown used to be apart. So it comes to pass that I lie awake a great part of the night, think­ing of you; and that by day, when the hours re­turn at which I was wont to visit you, my feet take me, as it is so truly said, to your cham­ber, but not find­ing you there I re­turn, sick and sad at heart, like an ex­cluded lover

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