Saturday, July 30, 2011

Domus Optima

This is from the Aureola Emblemata of Nicolaus Reusnerus (1545-1602).

Domus Optima
Vive domi, tibi vive; sua est domus optima: tergo
Cochlea ceu propriam fertque refertque domum.

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

ceu: as, like, just as
cōchlea (cōchleae, f.): snail

domus -ūs f.: house, home
ferō ferre tulī lātum: bear, carry
optimus -a -um: best, excellent; adv. optimē
proprius -a -um: one’s own, peculiar
que (enclitic) - and
referō -ferre -tulī -lātum: bring back; report
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
tergum -ī n.: back, rear; a tergō: from the rear
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live

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