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CVI dono lepidum nouum libellum 1 To whom am I to present my pretty new book, 
arida modo pumice expolitum? 2 freshly smoothed off with dry pumice-stone? 
Corneli, tibi: namque tu solebas  3 To you, Cornelius: for you used to think 
meas esse aliquid putare nugas  4 that my trifles were worth something, 
iam tum, cum ausus es unus Italorum  5 long ago, when you took courage, you alone of Italians, 
omne aeuum tribus explicare cartis  6 to set forth the whole history of the world in three volumes, 
doctis, Iuppiter, et laboriosis.  7 learned volumes, by Jupiter, and laboriously wrought. 
quare habe tibi quidquid hoc libelli  8 So take and keep for your own this little book, such as it is, 
qualecumque; quod, patrona virgo  9 and whatever it is worth; and may it, O Virgin my patroness, 
plus uno maneat perenne saeclo.  10 live and last for more than one century.