Saturday, March 31, 2012

Commoda naturae...

Here is today's distich by Cato (so-called), 4.2, with English translations by Duff and Chase.

Commoda naturae nullo tibi tempore derunt,
Si contentus eo fueris quod postulat usus.


Nature her favors never will deny
If what thy needs require will satisfy.
(Chase)

Ne'er will you lack supplies from Nature's hands,
If you're content with that which need demands.
(Duff)

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:


commodus -a -um - suitable, proper, convenient

contineo -tinēre -tinuī -tentum: contain, restrain
dēsum -esse -fuī: be lacking
is ea, id: he, she, it; eō, there, to that place
nātūra -ae f.: nature
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
pōstulo -āre: demand, require
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
sī: if
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tempus -oris n.: time
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
ūsus -ūs m.: use, experience



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