Monday, January 30, 2012

Rhyming Distichs: 3

Here are today's rhyming distichs! Sources here include Wegeler, Gartner, and Voigt. Here are some more posts with Rhyming Distichs.

Olim despecti tenebantur multa loquentes;
Nunc sunt despecti sapientes pauca loquentes.


despicio - look down on, despise
olim - once upon a time, sometime in the future
sapiens - wise

Pacem ne vites; per pacem te quoque dites:
O quam difficiles sunt sine pace dies!


difficilis - hard, difficult, not easy
dito - make rich, enrich
vito - avoid, evade

Quis vere locuples? Cui famulantur opes.
Quis vere pauper? Cui dominantur opes.


dominor - master, control, rule over
famulor - be a servant
locuples - wealthy

Omnis homo quacumque domo, qua sede moratur,
Provideat quando taceat, vel quando loquatur.


moror - delay, stay
provideo - foresee, provide for, make provision
taceo - be silent, keep quiet, shut up

Si non primus Adam peccasset in arbore quadam, Non foret alter Adam natus de virgine quadam.

Adam - Adam
nascor - be born, come into being
pecco - err, make a mistake, sin


Qui vult servare sanctorum singula festa,
Non poterit clare cum codice scire digesta.


codex - codex, book
digero - arrange, distribute, organize
(read about the Digesta of Roman law)
festus - festive, joyous - festum: festival, holiday

Vita brevis, velut umbra levis, sic annihilatur;
Sic vadit subitoque cadit, dum stare putatur.


annihilo - annihilate
subito - suddenly, unexpectedly
vado - go, walk, hurry

Qui stercus glomerat, stercus de stercore nendo Stercus deglomerat, de stercore stercus habendo.

deglomo - unroll
glomero - shape into a ball, roll
neo - spin, weave
stercus - dung, manure

Semper egenus eris, si semper plus tibi quaeris:
Cum contentus eris, tunc dives efficieris.


contentus - content, satisfied with
dives - rich, a rich man, wealthy
efficio - bring about, produce, cause
egenus - destitute, impoverished, wanting

Qui cupit in lecto lucem videre diei, Divitiae atque honor hic raro dabuntur ei.

divitiae - riches, wealth
lectus - bed
rarus - rare, uncommon

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