gershon hepner

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I wrote and she did not reply


I wrote, and she did not reply,
which is greatly to her credit,
for if she had I know that I
would find mistakes I’d want to edit.

Inspired by Martial’s Epigrams, Book II, epigram iii:

Scripsi, rescripsit nil Naevia, no dabit ergo.
Sed puto quid scripsit legerat: ergo dabit.

This was translated by James Michie thus:

I wrote, she never replied:
Tht goes on the debit side.
And yet I’m sure she read it:
That I put down as credit.


2/12/08

Submitted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008
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