Saturday, December 12, 2009


Notes on a Limerick

There once was a vicar of Ryhill
Who went for a shit on a high hill;
When his curate asked: "Was it
A goodly deposit?"
He said: "Vox, et praeterea nihil."
A goodly deposit — 2 Timothy 1.14: "Preserve the goodly deposit through the Holy Spirit who dwelleth in us." (τὴν καλὴν παραθήκην φύλαξον διὰ πνεύματος ἁγίου τοῦ ἐνοικοῦντος ἐν ἡμῖν.)

Vox, et praeterea nihil — Plutarch, Apophthegmata Laconica 15 (233a, said of a plucked nightingale, tr. Frank Cole Babbitt): "It's all voice ye are, and nought else." (φωνὰ τύ τίς ἐσσι καὶ οὐδὲν ἄλλο.)

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