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early medieval poem

Postby rDeckard » Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:24 pm

i am not sure if this is the right board for this, but i am translating an early medieval poem. two stanzas start out in the following way:

opto meus veniat cuculus, carissimus ales.

if it wasn't for that "opto" on the beginning i would translate it as "let my cuckoo come, most precious bird."

my first reaction to the "opto" is to think indirect speech, but it has been a while since first year latin and i am not sure why "venio" wouldn't be imperfect. is there some construction of indirect speech that calls for "venio" to be in the present active subjunctive?

thanks for the help!
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Re: early medieval poem

Postby rDeckard » Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:38 pm

yes, i know how to spell medieval, brain fart.
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Re: early medieval poem

Postby bedwere » Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:51 am

I desire that the cuckoo come, dearest bird.

The L&S dictionary has an example of use of opto with the subjunctive without ut in Ovid.
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Re: early medieval poem

Postby modus.irrealis » Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:53 am

And about the present subjunctive, it's just a matter of the sequence of tenses. Opto is present so it'll be followed (normally) by either the present or perfect subjunctive.
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