Friday, July 29, 2011

Dives et Pauper

This poem is from the Hortulus Carminum Selectorum by Josephus Perez (1627-1694).

Dives et Pauper
Dum dives loquitur, verbum Salomonis habetur;
Dum pauper loquitur, stupidissimus esse videtur.

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

Salomon (Salomōnis, m.): Solomon, the wise king
stupidus, -a, -um: senseless, foolish, stupid

dīves, dīvitis: rich (poet. dīs, dītis)
dum: while (+ indic.); until (+ subj.); provided that (+ subj.)
habeō habēre habuī habitum: have, hold
loquor loquī locūtus sum: speak, talk
pauper -eris: poor, lowly
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
verbum -ī n.: word
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see

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