Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cito Dare Melius

This is from Hans Walther and Paul Gerhard Schmidt's Proverbia Sententiaeque Latinitatis Medii Aevi (1963-1986) - not available online, unfortunately.

Cito Dare Melius
Dandi tolle moras: dando cito, munus honoras;
Munus dedecoras, inveniendo moras.

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

dēdecorō, dēdecorāre: disgrace, dishonor
honorō, honorāre: respect, honor

cītus -a -um: swift; citō swiftly
dō dare dedī datum: give
inveniō -venīre -vēnī -ventum: find; discover
melior -ius: better
mora -ae f.: delay, hindrance
mūnus mūneris n.: gift, offering
tollō tollere sustulī sublātum: raise up, destroy

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