Friday, May 25, 2012

Multorum cum facta senex...

Here is another distich by Cato (so-called), 1.16, with English translations by Duff and Chase.

Multorum cum facta senex et dicta rependis,
Fac tibi succurrant, iuvenis quae feceris ipse.


When you, grown old, blame what folk do or say,
Think what you did in your own youthful day.
(Duff)

Dost thou when old another's faults proclaim?
Recall that young thou gavest cause for blame.
(Chase)

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are only two words in this poem not on the DCC list:

rependo -ere, rependī, repensum - weigh in return, pay back, recompense, consider
succurro, -ere, succurrī, succursum - run to the aid of, help, come to mind

cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
dīco dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
et: and
facio facere fēcī factum: do, make
ipse, ipsa, ipsum: him- her- itself
iuvenis -is m.: youth
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
senex -is m.: old man, elder; senior, older
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)

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