Monday, April 30, 2012


Here is today's distich by Martial, 14.208:

Currant verba licet, manus est velocior illis:
Nondum lingua suum, dextra peregit opus.

The swifter hand doth the swift words out-run:
Before the tongue hath spoke, the hand hath done.
- Wright

Here is the vocabulary:

notarius - stenographer
curro - run
verbum - word
licet - although
manus - hand
sum - be, exist
velox - swift, fast
ille - that, that one
nondum - not yet
lingua - tongue
suus - reflexive possess
dextra - right (hand)
perago - finish, carry through
opus - work