Monday, May 28, 2012

Nulla Puella

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Nulla Puella
Nescio tam multis quid scribas, Fauste, puellis:
Hoc scio, quod scribit nulla puella tibi.

We know not why you for the fair / So many billet-doux prepare;
But this we know: A billet-doux / No fair one ever penn'd for you.

Source: Martial (40 - c.104), Epigrammata, 11.64. Meter: Elegiac. The word faustus in Latin means "lucky, prosperous," which is quite ironic, at least according to Martial!

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:

Faustus (Fausti, m.): Faustus

hic, haec, hoc: this; hōc, on this account
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
nescio -scīre: not know, be ignorant
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
puella -ae f.: girl; girl-friend
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
scio -īre -īvī/-iī -ītum: know
scrībo -ere scrīpsī scrīptum: write
tam: so
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)