The Elegaic (or Heroic) Couplet is a combination of the dactylic hexameter and a pentameter (twice 2-1/2 feet).
|Venam convivans aperire Petronius ovo,|
Ad malum usque manens, ipse ligabat eam.
|The Death of Petronius|
|Petronius, at supper,
Would open up a vein;
He'd wait until dessert,
Then close it tight again.
|(Derived from the phrase ab ovo usque ad malum,|
and Tacitus' Annals, Book 16 ch.17-20)
|Saepe sonum turbis solum multis faciebam;
Nunc multos soli saepe sonos teneo.
|I often held one note for many;|
Now I hold many notes for one.
|This riddle accompanied a gift to a friend, of an antique wooden organ pipe,|
converted with great care into a cabinet for holding CDs)
||For the Oracle|
|Aversis oculis humilis flexis genibusque,
Responsum Oraclo fatidicum petiit.
|On bended knee, and with averted eye,|
He humbly sought the Oracle's reply.
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