Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dilectio Vera

This poem is from Zacher's Altfranzösische Sprichwörter.

Dilectio Vera
Cum sim mendicus, cognosco quis sit amicus;
Sorte patet misera quae sit dilectio vera.

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

dīlectio (dīlectiōnis, f.): love, affection
mendīcus, -a, -um: needy, poor; beggar

amīcus -a -um: friendly; (as subst.) friend
cōgnōscō -gnōscere -gnōvī -gnitum: learn, understand
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
miser misera miserum: wretched, pitiable
pateō patēre patuī: lie open, extend, spread
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sors sortis f.: lot, fate, destiny; oracle
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vērus -a -um: true; vērē, truly

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