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Cum differendo quispiam[1]
Sic fallit: ut verbis eum
Contrariis oratio
Sua ipsius redarguat.
Tunc urget adversarius
Battologiam mendacii
Ad usque metam non loqui
(Vulgo in scholis ut dicitur)
An non id est convertere
Victum virum in saxum silens?
sit ergo constans veritas.

A man trips himself up with differences, so that his own dear speech with contrary words argues against him. Then the opponent hounds the liar’s stammering right to the point where he can speak no more (as they say generally in the schools): is this not to make the beaten man into a silent stone? LET, THEREFORE, TRUTH BE CONSTANT.


1. Iambic dimeter, an uncommon verse-form in Classical literature, but common enough in hymns. Note the occasional, if inconsistent, appearance of rhyme.

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