Monday, May 28, 2012

Galla Semper Fallit


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Galla Semper Fallit
Das numquam, semper promittis, Galla, roganti;
Si semper fallis, iam rogo, Galla, nega.


Galla dares promise, but makes good no tie:
If thou still fail'st, I pray thee once deny.
(Fletcher)

Source: Martial (40 - c.104), Epigrammata, 2.25. Meter: Elegiac. Poor Martial is attempting some reverse psychology with Galla, which makes for a very charming poem, whether or not he was successful in his efforts.

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

Galla (Gallae, f.): Galla

do dare dedī datum: give
fallo fallere fefellī falsum: deceive
iam: now; already
nego -āre: deny, refuse
numquam: never
prōmitto -mittere -mīsī -missum: send forth, offer
rogo -āre: ask
semper: always, ever
sī: if


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