Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rhyming Distichs: 4

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

Si secretorum seriem vis noscere rerum,
Ebrius, insipiens, pueri dicent tibi verum.


ebrius - drunken, intoxicated
insipiens - foolish, without intelligence, unwise
secretus - hidden away, private, secret
series - row, series, sequence

Qui vult laudari magnusque propheta vocari,
Discat adulari; nam tales sunt modo cari.


adulor - flatter, fawn upon
laudo - praise
modo - now, just now, only, merely
propheta - prophet

Qui capit uxorem, capit absque quiete laborem,
Longum languorem, lacrimas, cum lite dolorem.


absque - without, apart from, away from
languor - feebleness, apathy, languor
lis - lawsuit, quarrel
quies - calm, rest, quiet

Si tibi gratia, si sapientia, formaque detur,
Sola superbia destruit omnia, si comitetur.


comitor - accompany, go along with
destruo - demolish, pull down, destroy
sapientia - wisdom
superbia - pride

Sicut equos domitant et ducunt frena, capistra:
Sic docet ac ducit nos consuetudo magistra.


capistrum - halter, harness, muzzle
consuetudo - custom, tradition, experience
domito - subdue, tame, conquer
frenum - bridle, reins, harness


Gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed saepe cadendo;
Sic addiscit homo non vi, sed saepe legendo.


addisco - learn, learn in addition to
cavo - hollow out, carve
gutta - drop, spot, speck; diminutive: guttula
lapis - stone, rock

Gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed saepe cadendo;
Sic homo fit doctus, non vi, sed saepe studend
o.

cavo - hollow out, carve
gutta - drop, spot, speck; diminutive: guttula
lapis - stone, rock
studeo - desire, be easy, strive, study

Funde vinum, funde, tanquam sint fluminis undae;
Nec quaeras unde, sed fundas semper abunde.


abundus - copious, abundant; adv. abunde
fundo-ere - pour
tamquam - like, just as, as if
vinum - wine

Quidquid Aristoteles subtili mente revolvit,
Indoctus iuvenis per verbum "Nescio" solvit.


Aristoteles - Aristotle
indoctus - untaught, ignorant, untrained
revolvo - roll back, revolve, turn
subtilis - fine-spun, slender, delicate

Si pertransire vis ante canem, canis irae
Primum blandire, quo possis tutius ire.


blandior - flatter, coax, allure
canis - dog
pertranseo - pass right on by
tutus - safe, secure, protected; adv. tuto, also tute

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