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III.52


ISSUE:  Fall 2016

 

Empta domus fuerat tibi, Tongiliane, ducentis:
  abstulit hanc nimium casus in urbe frequens.
Conlatum est deciens. Rogo, non potes ipse videri
  incendisse tuam, Tongiliane, domum?

 


 

You bought yourself a low-cost house
  for only forty thou’.
Then lost it in a city fire;
  they burn so often now.

Insurance paid out well, I heard:
  ten times the sale amount.
I just can’t help but ask myself
  if you burned down your house.

 

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