Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In Philargum

This is a poem by John Dunbar (c. 1585 - 1626), a Scottish neo-Latin poet. You can read more about Dunbar at Dana Sutton's online edition of Dunbar's epigrammatic poetry.

In Philargum
Cur nummos tantum fertur coluisse Philargus?
Hic numen nummum credidit esse suum.

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

nummus (nummī, m.): coin, cash, money
Philargus (Philargī, m.): Philargus

colō colere coluī cultum: inhabit, cultivate
crēdō crēdere crēdidī crēditum: believe
cūr: why?
ferō ferre tulī lātum: bear, carry
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
nūmen -inis n.: divine will, deity
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
tantus -a -um: so great, so much; tantum: only

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