Naevius, fr. 64 (Morel)
Naevius’ epitaph for himself.
inmortales mortales si foret fas flere,
flerent divae Camenae Naevium poetam.
itaque postquamst Orchi traditus thesauro,
obliti sunt Romae loquier Latina lingua.
If it were permitted for immortals to weep for mortals, the divine Camenae would weep for Naevius the poet. This is why, after he has been handed over to the treasury of Orcus, people at Rome have forgotten how to speak the Latin tongue.