Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pica

Here is today's distich by Martial, 14.76:

Pica loquax certa dominum te voce saluto:
Si me non videas, esse negabis avem.


Did you not see, such a true voice I feign,
Thinking me man, you would salute again.
- Wright

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

loquax, loquācis - talkative, chattering
pīca f. - magpie
salūtō, -āre - to greet, wish health to, salute

avis -is f.: bird
certus -a -um: sure, fixed; certē, certainly, surely
dominus -ī m.; domina -ae f.: household master, lord; mistress
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
negō -āre: deny, refuse
nōn: not
sī: if
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see
vōx vōcis f.: voice, utterance



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