Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Esse nihil dicis...

Here is today's distich by Martial, 3.61:

Esse nihil dicis quidquid petis, inprobe Cinna:
si nil, Cinna, petis, nil tibi, Cinna, nego.

'Tis a mere nothing that you ask, you cry:
If you ask nothing, nothing I deny.
- Anon.

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:

Cinna - proper name

dīco dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
improbus -a -um: wicked, depraved, rascally
nego -āre: deny, refuse
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
peto -ere petīvī petītum: seek, aim at
quisquis quidquid: whoever, whichever
sī: if
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)