Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hoc est nescire...

Here is today's Rhyming Distich, and here are some more posts with Rhyming Distichs. This one comes from the Florilegium Gottingense edited by Voigt.

Hoc est nescire: sine Christo plurima scire;
Si Christum bene scis, satis est, si cetera nescis.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

Christus, m. - Christ

bene: well
cēterus -a -um: the others, the rest
hic, haec, hoc: this; hōc, on this account
nescio -scīre: not know, be ignorant
plurimus -a -um: the greatest number of, very many; plurimī, most people
satis/sat: enough, sufficient
scio -īre -īvī/-iī -ītum: know
sī: if
sine: without (+ abl.)
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist

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