Thursday, May 24, 2012

Melius Consilium Quam Vires

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Melius Consilium Quam Vires
Consilio utilius quam viribus arma geruntur;
Militis est robur, consiliumque ducis.

Source: Michaelis Verinus (c.1469-c.1487), Disticha. Meter: Elegiac. Note that the neuter utilius is being used adverbially here: "more usefully, more productively."

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:

rōbur (rōboris, n.): oak, tough core, strength

arma -ōrum n. pl.: arms
cōnsilium -ī n.: plan; council, group of advisors
dux ducis m./f.: leader, general
gero gerere gessī gestum: bear, manage; bellum gerere, wage war
melior -ius: better
mīles -itis m.: soldier
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
que: and (enclitic)
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
utilis -e: useful
vīs f.: force; (acc.) vim, (abl.) vī; (pl.) vīrēs, strength

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