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Catullus 1 Cui dono lepidum novum libellum arida modo pumice expolitum? Corneli, tibi: namque tu solebas meas esse aliquid putare nugas iam tum, cum ausus es unus Italorum..............................5 omne aevum tribus explicare cartis doctis, Iuppiter, et laboriosis. quare habe tibi quidquid hoc libelli qualecumque; quod <o> patrona virgo, plus uno maneat perenne saeclo...................................10

Meter: hendecasyllabics (Phalaecian) 1. cui dono: to whom do I give lepidum: elegant, witty 2. arida. . .expolitum: polished by the dry pumice stone 3. Corneli: Cornelius Nepos, poet and friend of Catullus. 4. esse aliquid: i.e., amount to something; putare: introduces an indirect statement; nugas: a common way to describe lighter verse. 5. iam tum: "even then". unus Italorum: the only one of the Italians 6. unus: i.e., solus: chartis: i.e., voluminibus. 7. Iuppiter: an expletive; cf. edepol, hercle. 8. quare: relatives at the beginning of sentences, as in this case, are often translated as demonstratives; quidquid...libelli: Partitive Genitive. whatever this is of a little book 9. qualecumque: added to increase sense of modesty; patrona virgo: Vocative, addressing the muse; it was customary to invoke the muse at the beginning of a work of poetry. 10 uno...saeclo: Ablative of Comparison. than one generation

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