Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Epigrammata Brevia

This is a poem by John Dunbar (c. 1585 - 1626), a Scottish neo-Latin poet. You can read more about Dunbar at Dana Sutton's online edition of Dunbar's epigrammatic poetry.

Epigrammata Brevia
Me, mea quod nimium brevia haec epigrammata, carpis,
At tu nulla facis; sunt breviora tua.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

carpō, carpere: pick, pluck, criticize
epigramma (epigrammatis, n.): epigram

at: but, but yet
brevis -e: short, shallow, brief; adv. breviter
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
meus -a -um: my
nimius -a -um: too much, excessive; nimis or nimium: excessively
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
tuus -a -um: your

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