Saturday, April 21, 2012

Qui recitat lana...

Here is today's distich by Martial, 6.41. The poem refers to a public speaker who has wrapped his throat up in wool because his sore throat keeps him from speaking - yet he cannot stop himself from speaking even so!

Qui recitat lana fauces et colla revinctus,
hic se posse loqui, posse tacere negat.


Who pleads with chopps bound up, what's his disease?
That he can neither speak, nor hold his peace.
- Anon. 16th century

Here is the vocabulary:

qui - who, which, that
recito - speak out loud, recite
lana - wool
faux - throat, gullet
collum - neck
revinctus - bound, fastened
hic - this, this one
se - reflexive pronoun
possum - can, be able
loquor - speak
taceo - be silent
nego - deny, say no, refuse

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