Sunday, April 1, 2012

Optima Quaeque Carpenda

Here is today's distich by Michele Verinus; the epigram alludes to the famous legend that Vergil said he read Ennius in order to gather the gold from Ennius' manure.

Optima Quaeque Carpenda
Vergilius gemmas Enni de stercore legit:
Et mihi sunt vatum plura notanda luto.

Here is the vocabulary:

optimus - best, most excellent
quisque - whatever, everything, each
carpo - seize, pluck, gather
Vergilius - Vergil
gemma - gem, jewel
Ennius - Ennius
de - from
stercus - manure
lego - gather
et - and
ego - I, me
sum - be, exist
vates - poet, bard, soothsayer
plus - more, ver many
noto - observe, record, write
lutum - mud, clay, dirt