This poem was probably written to one of Rollock's students at Edinburgh High School. Metre: elegiac couplets.
Ad elegantem puerum scite scribentem (c.1584-1595)
Ad elegantem puerum scite scribentem
Grammata, scite puer, calamo scitissima ducis,
quale manus magni pinxit Apellis opus.
Vox animi est icon, ut vocis scriptio: mentem
scita tibi scitam praedicat ergo manus.
To the neat boy, writing skillfully
Skillful boy, you lead the most skillful characters from your stylus, the kind of work the hand of great Apelles a painted. The voice of the mind is the image, as writing is of the voice: thus your learned hand foretells of your learned mind.
a: A famous Greek painter of the fourth century BC.