Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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.
Si lacrimae vel opes animas revocare valerent,
Lucifer atque sui soli sua regna tenerent.
The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list! Note also one proper noun not on the list:
If tears or wealth (si lacrimae vel opes) had the power (valerent) to call back dead souls (revocare animas), Lucifer and his minions (Lucifer atque sui) would rule their realm (tenerent sua regna) all alone (soli).
Lūcifer, -ī m. - Lucifer
anima -ae f.: breath, spirit
atque, ac: and in addition, and also, and; (after comparatives) than; simul atque, as soon as
lacrima -ae f.: tear
ops opis f.: assistance, resources
rēgnum -ī n.: kingship, kingdom
revoco -āre: call back, recall
sōlus -a -um: only, alone; sōlum (adv.), only, merely
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
teneo -ēre -uī tentum: hold
valeo valēre valuī: be strong, excel, be valid, prevail; valē, farewell!
vel: or else, or; even; vel . . . vel, either… or