Catullus 1
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Cui dono lepidum novum libellum
To whom do I give the charming new little book
- dative singular

arida modo pumice expolitum?
polished just now with a dry pumice stone
- arida ... pumice - ablative means
- expolitum - perf. pass. part
- pumice expolitum- elision

Corneli, tibi: namque tu solebas
To you Cornelius: for you were accustomed
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Corneli - vocative sing.

meas esse aliquid putare nugas
to think that my trifles were something
- indirect statement

iam tum, cum ausus es unus Italorum
already at that time, when you alone of the Italians dared
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Italorum - partitive genitive
- ausus es - semi-deponent - 2nd, sing, perf, act, ind.

omne aevum tribus explicare cartis
to unroll all of history with three volumes,

doctis, Iuppiter, et laboriosis.
learned and labored over, by Jupiter,
- doctis, laboriosis - adjectives with cartis

quare habe tibi quidquid hoc libelli,
for this reason, take for yourself whatever this (is) of a little book

qualecumque quod, <o> patrona virgo,
whatever sort which may

plus uno maneat perenne saeclo.
endure for more than one perennial generation, O Patron Virgin.