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- In “Ten Rules for Writing Fiction,” The Guardian (20 Feb 2010) on
Paul reads as his own all the poems he buys.
Well, all that he pays for is his, I surmise.
[Carmina Paulus emit, recitat sua carmina Paulus.
Nam quod emas, possis iure vocare tuum.]
Epigrams [Epigrammata], Book 2, epigram 20 [tr. Pott & Wright (1921)]
Original Latin. Alternate translations:
Paul verses buys; and what he buys, recites.
Alike his own are what he buys and writes.
[tr. Elphinson (1782)]
Sly Paul buys verse as he buys merchandise,
Then for his own he'll pompously recite it --
Paul scorns a lie -- the poetry is his --
By law his own, although he could not write it.
[tr. New Monthly Magazine (1825)]
Paulus buys verses; Paulus recites his own verses. And they are his own, for that which you buy, you have a right to call yours.
[tr. Amos (1858), 2.32]
Paullus buys poems, and aloud,
As his, recites them to the crowd.
For what you buy it is well known
You have a right to call your own.
[tr. Webb (1879)]
Paulus buys verses: Paulus recites his own verses; and what you buy you may legally call your own.
[tr. Bohn's Classical (1897)]
Paulus buys a book of verse
And reads us then his own.
One's right, of course, to what one buys
Can legally be shown.
[tr. Nixon (1911)]
Paul buys up poems, and to your surprise,
Paul then recites them as his own:
And Paul is right; for what a person buys
Is his, as can by law be shown!
[tr. Duff (1929)]
Paulus buys poems; Paulus gives readings from his poems.
After all, what you buy you can rightfully call your own.
[tr. Williams (2004)]
A poet's name is what you sought.
The name, you found, is all you bought.
[tr. Wills (2007)]
Bought verses for his own Paul doth recite,
For what you buy you may call yours by right.
Paulus buys verse, recites, and owns them all,
For what thou buy'st, thou may'st thine truly call.
Added on 17-Jun-21 | Last updated 17-Jun-21