Saturday, December 12, 2009
Notes on a Limerick
There once was a vicar of RyhillA 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.)
Who went for a shit on a high hill;
When his curate asked: "Was it
A goodly deposit?"
He said: "Vox, et praeterea nihil."
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.)