Friday, April 20, 2012

Leandros marmoreus

Here is today's distich by Martial, 14.181. The poem refers to the legend of Hero and her Leander.

Clamabat tumidis audax Leandros in undis:
'Mergite me, fluctūs, cum rediturus ero.'

Thus bold Leander spake to the swell'd wave;
Spare me till I return, be then my grave.
- Wright

Here is the vocabulary:

Leandros - Leander
marmoreus - marble
clamo - cry, shout
tumidus - swollen
audax - bold
in - in, into
unda - wave
mergo - plunge, immerse, drown
ego - I, me
fluctus - wave
cum - when
redeo - return, come back