Saturday, March 10, 2012

Verba Malorum

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Verba Malorum
Cum recte vivas, ne cures verba malorum;
Arbitrii non est nostri quid quisque loquatur.

Upright, care not if bad men thee deride;
'T is not within our power men's tongues to guide.

Mind not ill tongues, if you live straight of soul:
A neighbour's words are not in our control.

Source: Source: The Distichs of Cato (4th century), 3.2, with English translations by Duff and Chase. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter.

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:

arbītrium, arbītriī n. - judgment, decision, will, mastery

cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
cūro -āre: care for (+ acc.)
loquor loquī locūtus sum: speak, talk
malus -a -um: evil
nē: lest, that not
nōn: not
noster nostra nostrum: our
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
quis-, quae-, quidque: each one, everyone
rectus -a -um: straight, direct
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
verbum -ī n.: word
vīvo -ere vīxī victum: live

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