[Bell Historians] Latin Inscription

John Camp camp at o4bLd8ysGD5SSHFKllw9FhLfdchjJ3pZVp-bBP_KNHIqyAtFJF7ypPpkvCuLbCC5gwIBhASMy2z4ujzIQw.yahoo.invalid
Mon May 9 21:22:03 BST 2011

At 13:19 on 08 May 2011, Philip Denton wrote:
> I would be interested to discover the earliest known uses of the Latin inscription 
> (which translates approximately as "Untouched I am silent, when struck
> I sweetly sing.")

Very approximately.

"Duce" should be "dulce", as has been pointed out.

I am not at all clear about "percute".  It appears to be an imperative.
One might expect an object, such as "me", somewhere, as it is a
transitive verb.  ("Strike me and I sing sweetly".) Alternatively,
"percussum" would translate more accurately as "when struck".

Probably just lousy mediaeval Latin.

John Camp


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