Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ad Invidum

This is from the enormous anthology of distich poetry assembled by Barthold Nihus, Epigrammata Disticha, published in 1642; the poem is by Nicolas Borbonius (1503-1550).

Ad Invidum
Non legis et carpis; quae nec capis, invide, carpis;
Invide, quid carpis? Fac meliora; legam.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

carpo, carpere: pick, pluck, criticize
invidus, -a, -um: spiteful, hateful, hostile

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
capiō capere cēpī captum: seize
et: and
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
legō legere lēgī lēctum: gather, choose, read
melior -ius: better
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
nōn: not
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?

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