Friday, July 29, 2011

Verba, Non Nomina

Here is another distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 4.9.

Verba, Non Nomina
Est nummus nomen, verbum promittere; Quintius,
A quo sperabam nomina, verba dedit.

Money’s a Noun, a Verb, to promise: he
Promis’d a Noun, but gave a Verb to me.

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

nummus (nummī, m.): coin, cash, money
Quintius (Quintiī, m.): Quintius

ā ab abs: from, by (+abl.)
dō dare dedī datum: give
nōmen -inis n.: name
prōmittō -mittere -mīsī -missum: send forth, offer
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
spērō -āre: to hope
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
verbum -ī n.: word