Sunday, February 5, 2012

Rhyming Distichs: 9

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

Beatus ille homo, qui vivit sua domo,
Habet bonam pacem et sedet post fornacem.


fornax - oven

Beatus ille homo, qui vivit sua domo,
Laudat Deum trinum et bibit bonum vinum.


laudo - praise
trinus - triple
vinum - wine

Addiscit sapiens, quia se timet insipientem;
Negligit insipiens, quia se putat esse scientem.


addisco - learn, learn in addition to
insipiens - foolish, without intelligence, unwise
neglego - disregard, ignore, neglect
sapiens - wise; adv. sapienter

Vix homo dimisit rem consuetudine si fit;
Quae consuevit homo, vix fugat ille domo.


consuesco - become accustomed
consuetudo - custom, tradition, experience
dimitto - send away, give up, abandon
fugo - chase, put to flight, rout

Ah! homo si sciret, quando mors atra veniret,
Non sic dormiret, sed caeli regna sitiret.


ater - dark, black, gloomy
dormio - sleep
sitio - thirst, be thirsty, thirst for


Audito nummo, quasi viso principe summo:
Dissiliunt valvae, nil auditur nisi: Salve!


dissilio - leap apart, break up, burst
nummus - coin, cash, money
salveo - be well, greetings, hail, farewell
valva - one leaf of a folding door

Disce puer, dum tempus adest aevo iuvenili,
Ut quo recrees habeas aetate senili.


aevum - time, time of life, age, generation
iuvenilis - youthful, young
recreo - revive, restore

Cesset in alterius oculo reprehendere labem,
Qui solet in proprio lumine ferre trabem.


cesso - stop, delay, cease
labes - fault, defect
reprehendo - catch, blame, seize
trabs - tree trunk, log

Ad mensam dum quis sedeat, nil turpe loquatur,
Sed mensae semper ingens honor exhibeatur.

exhibeo - present, produce, furnish
ingens - huge, vast, unnaturally large
mensa - table
turpis - ugly, disgusting

Diligitur, colitur, quem sors illuminat aere;
Spernitur et premitur, qui nulla videtur habere.


aes - copper, coins, money
illumino - give light to, illuminate, brighten
sors - lot, fate, luck, sort
sperno - scorn, reject, despise

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